Future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur turned 40 Sunday and stopped 20 shots, including all 10 in the third period, as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, giving New Jersey a 3-1 series lead.
"I don't pay much attention to these things. I think people around me do more than I do," Brodeur said Saturday. "I have my mom calling me for every single birthday so I don't forget. And my sisters, my brothers, almost my wife and my own kids.
"Last year I was in Florida. It was nice. You get to see your family. I'm home at least for tonight to see them. But I won't celebrate anything on my birthday until hopefully after the game."
And, Brodeur said, 40 doesn't mean he's at the end of the hockey line. He's more than ready for more.
"I think so. I'm really enjoying this ride regardless of what happens in the next month or two months," he said. "I'm enjoying coming to the rink and playing hockey. I don't want to sit back and five years from now say, 'Oh, I should have played one more.' The decision on whether I'm going to go or not will come later on, but as of now I'm enjoying myself. I'm really liking it."
By the way, ESPN Stats says Brodeur is the first player ever to play goal in a playoff game as a teenager and as a 40-year-old.