Healthy Brodeur sits 2nd straight

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur took a seat for a second consecutive game Thursday night for the first time since January 2004. The 38-year-old sure-fire Hall of Famer has struggled this season.

Veteran hasn't been out of Devils net for consecutive games since 2004

The days of Martin Brodeur starting almost every night for the New Jersey Devils appear to be over.

Brodeur, the NHL's leader in regular-season wins and shutouts, was Johan Hedberg's backup for the second consecutive game Thursday night when the Devils hosted to the Philadelphia Flyers.

It was the first time since January 2004 that Brodeur dressed as a backup for two straight games.

Like the Devils, the 38-year-old Brodeur has struggled this season, going 5-18-1 with a 3.15 goals-against average in 27 games. He gave up three goals on seven shots in his last start against Carolina.

Brodeur missed seven games earlier this season because of a bruised elbow. His game has sub-par since his return.