Denis Brodeur was disappointed that he missed the postgame photo opportunity of his son. Martin, with Patrick Roy -- the two goaltenders who now share the NHL wins record with 551 each. Denis was doing a television interview with RDS at the time.
Denis, the former Canadiens team photographer, said he got some good photos during the game, though, and one of Brodeur with the record-setting puck after the game.
"I got the winning puck, 551," Denis Brodeur said. "I asked Martin for the puck and the trainer put 551 (on it) and I took a picture of Martin with the puck. Then, I gave it back to him."
Denis was excited about the standing ovation the crowd gave him after the game. He admitted that he cried.
“The Montreal crowd has always been a good crowd, but to stand up for Martin for five minutes, it’s unreal,” Denis said.
Roy passed Terry Sawchuk to become the NHL’s leader in wins with his 448th victory on Oct. 18, 2000. By the time he retired at the end of the 2002-03 season, Roy had 551 wins in 1029 games.
Tonight's game was the 986th of Brodeur’s 15-year NHL career, which is certain to end with him joining Roy in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Brodeur has been aided, however, by 27 shootout victories. Roy retired before the NHL adopted the shootout to break ties in 2005.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur has 54 overtime wins. Roy had 44.
Brodeur improved to 13-8-1 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in 22 career starts at Bell Centre.