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• Martin Brodeur made his 30th consecutive start Tuesday for the Devils, the second-longest single-season streak of his career. Brodeur started the last 44 games of the 1995-96 season for New Jersey. The last NHL goaltender to start 30 consecutive games for his team was Tomas Vokoun, who started the last 38 games of the 2002-03 season for the Nashville Predators.
Brodeur became the 12th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 800-game plateau. Brodeur's 435 wins are 12 more than any of the 11 other goaltenders to reach that mark had through their first 800 career games. Jacques Plante had 423 wins in his first 800 NHL games.
• Simon Gagne scored a goal against Brodeur in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils. It was Gagne's ninth goal in 24 career regular-season game against Brodeur. Gagne has scored more than nine career goals against only one other NHL goaltender: Olaf Kolzig (10).
Gagne's goal was his 40th of the season. He became the first Quebec-born player to reach the 40-goal plateau in one season since Mario Lemieux scored 50 in 1996-97. That might not sound like a big deal, but consider this: Excluding the lockout-shortened season of 1994-95, there was at least one Quebec-born player with 40-or-more goals in every season from 1971-72 to 1996-97. There were seven Quebec-born players with 40-plus goals in 1979-80: Mike Bossy, Real Cloutier, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, Pierre Larouche, Rick Martin and Gilbert Perreault.