brodeur-martin-090301-cp

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur celebrates with teammates after notching his 100th career shutout Sunday against Philadelphia. ((Bill Kostroun/Associated Press))

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur became just the second man in NHL history on Sunday to reach 100 shutouts as his team downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0.

Brodeur made 27 saves to record No. 100. The 36-year-old is now three shy of the hallowed mark established by Terry Sawchuk.

"It's a big number. It's kind of hard to believe," Brodeur said. "You get to different numbers and at times you think, 'OK, it's just another one.' When you get to a round number, it looks more impressive."

Sawchuk was just shy of six months older than Brodeur when he recorded his 100th shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 4, 1967, while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brodeur hasn't skipped a beat since returning four days ago after the longest injury absence of his career. He has recorded two shutouts in three games, allowing just two goals.

The Montreal native missed 50 games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left biceps.

Brodeur notched his 547th win on Sunday, four short of matching the all-time mark set by Patrick Roy.

New Jersey (41-19-3) has now won eight of its last 10 games. The Devils are tied with Washington for second in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the Boston Bruins.

The club got goals early in each of the three periods against the Flyers. Johnny Oduya scored and added an assist, with Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta staking the team to a 2-0 lead.

Martin Biron made 39 saves in net for Philadelphia (33-18-10). The Flyers lost for the second time in a row and remain in fourth in the East.

Danny Briere played nearly 17 minutes in his first action since having abdominal surgery. Briere missed 36 games.

Zach Parise, who had two goals in Saturday's 7-2 win over Florida, chased down the puck in the right corner and sent a cross-ice pass to Langenbrunner in the left circle. The Devils captain blasted the first shot of the game past Martin Biron for his 20th goal of the season and the 200th of his career at the 3:51 mark.

Brodeur protected the lead when he slid across his crease to stop Mike Richards in close, and then denied Briere's wraparound attempt during a first-period power play.

Gionta made it 2-0 just 37 seconds into the second, deflecting a point shot by Oduya for his 14th goal.

Brodeur made stops on Scottie Upshall and Mike Knuble late in the game to preserve his fourth shutout in just 13 games played this season.

Brodeur even had a hand in the final goal that extended the Devils' home winning streak to seven.

He waved his stick over the top of his head to swat away a loose puck and that set up a quick counter attack that Oduya finished with a 35-foot shot that beat Biron.

With files from the Associated Press