TORONTO – Martin Brodeur made 32 saves, and Jaime Langenbrunner scored in his fourth straight game to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Patrick Elias also scored for the Devils, who have won six of seven.

Toronto’s Darcy Tucker spoiled Brodeur’s shutout bid with 3:37 left in the third with a long slap shot. Brodeur is one shutout away from tying Glenn Hall for third place on the NHL career list.

He was solid throughout – particularly in the third period when he stopped 16 shots.

The Devils improved to 4-5 on the road this season, compared to 8-1-1 at home.

Toronto has lost two straight.

The Maple Leafs recalled goalie Mikael Tellqvist from their AHL affiliate after backup Jean Sebastien-Aubin became ill. Top goalie Andrew Raycroft is sidelined with a strained groin.

Tellqvist faced just 19 shots, but made a few nice saves.

Langenbrunner turned and put a hard slap shot past Tellqvist at 16:51 of the first. Zach Parise assisted on Langenbrunner’s fifth goal in five games. Parise – a second-year forward – has a team-leading 14 points in 18 games.

Elias’ shot deflected in off Toronto defenseman Brendan Bell at 12:16 of the third, a drive Tellqvist didn’t even see. Elias has just four goals this season.

Tucker brought the crowd to life with a goal that made Brodeur’s shoulders sag. The puck skipped off the ice before finding the back of the net.

Mape Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe almost tied with just over a minute left, but Brodeur made a spectacular save to preserve New Jersey’s lead.

The Maple Leafs pulled Tellqvist in favor of an extra attacker but they couldn’t get the tying goal past Brodeur.

Notes: New Jersey’s Cam Janssen lost his shirt during a fight Toronto’s Wade Belak in the first. … Hall of Game goalie Johnny Bower received a rousing ovation when shown on the videoboard.

AP-ES-11-18-06 2144EST



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