A jubilant Martin Brodeur said his record-breaking experience tonight at Prudential Center actually topped the celebration in his hometown of Montreal when the tied Patrick Roy's wins record on Saturday.
"It was an exciting night," he said. "I'm definitely real happy that it's done and over with. It's been kind of chaotic a little bit for me the last few days, but it was an awesome night. It was a great reception from the fans. I think my teammates and everybody was pretty cool. I thought it was pretty cool in Montreal, but this topped it. It was that fun. It was awesome."
Tonight's win comes nearly 17 years after Brodeur's first NHL win over Boston on March 26, 1992 at the Meadowlands. The milestone came in his 987th NHL game.
"I've been really fortunate to play in a great organization and I'm always going to remember my first win here against Boston," Brodeur said. "It's a long time ago. Hopefully, we'll play a few more years and get this record as high as possible, so for the next one coming there will be a big challenge for him to get it."
The next goal on Broduer's agenda is a simple one.
"Well, right now it's to relax and enjoy myself a little bit," he said. "Not that I didn't take in everything that has been happening to me. But I think we have a few more, a little over 10 games to go for the playoffs. And it's going to be a run at the Stanley Cup. That's the bottom line.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman congratulated Brodeur and his father, Denis, in the Devils' locker room after the game.
"Martin Brodeur is the gold standard of goaltending -- the model of character, consistency and commitment to the craft. A champion, a winner above all," Bettman said in a statement. It is difficult to imagine any player who is more universally, and deservedly, respected. The National Hockey League is extremely proud of Martion, his historic achievement and his enduring contribution to our game."
Devils coach Brent Sutter said Kevin Weekes will get the start Wednesday night in Carolina., Brodeur, who has started nine in a row since returning from a torn biceps tendon and won eight of them, will get a well-deserved night off.
Here's the remainder of what Brodeur said in his postgame press conference.