10/28/2006 10:21:18 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout and Zach Parise provided the winner late in the second period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
The shutout was Brodeur's third of the season and the 83rd of his career, moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time list, one ahead of Hall of Famer Jacques Plante.
The Devils' shutout streak follows a three-game losing streak in which they gave up 15 goals.
Columbus, which was playing its second game in as many nights, only had a few good scoring chances. Rick Nash had the best chance from between the circles on a first-period power play, while Nikolai Zherdev was stopped in close on a rebound on the first of two power plays in the final five minutes. Nash also blistered a short-handed shot from the right circle with less than a minute to go that hit Brodeur in the chest.
Parise broke up a goaltending duel between Brodeur and Pascal Leclaire with his second goal in as many games and his fifth of the season. It may have gone into the net off a Columbus stick.