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Brodeur undergoes surgery on left elbow

TSN.ca Staff

11/6/2008 1:47:05 PM

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur underwent surgery Thursday to repair the distal bicep in his left elbow.

"According to the doctors, his surgery was 100 percent successful," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. "The timetable for his return remains three to four months."

Brodeur suffered the injury during the second period of Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and the four-time Vezina Trophy winner is expected to miss three to four months.

Since the 1997-98 campaign, the 36-year-old has played in at least 70 games every season.  He appeared in all but five of the Devils' 82 regular-season games last campaign, posting a 44-27-6 record with a 2.17 goals-against average.

This season, Brodeur is 5-2-2 with two shutouts and a 2.27 goals-against average.

Taking his place as the No. 1 netminder is Kevin Weekes, who beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday. It was the first win by a Devils goaltender other than Brodeur since Nov. 12 of last year. Weekes's win was also just the second shootout victory by the Devils not recorded by Brodeur, who is the NHL leader in that category (with 27) in the four seasons that the tiebreaker format has been utilized.

Scott Clemmensen served as Weekes's backup on Wednesday night.