Brodeur retires, will join Blues' front office

– Martin Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring.

The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, 21-year career with New Jersey, and will join the Blues in a management role in hockey operations. A news conference is set for Thursday morning.

On the Devils website, General Manager Lou Lamoriello said he anticipated Brodeur's job to be for the rest of the season and that the goalie would be welcome to rejoin New Jersey in a front office role after that.

Brodeur, 42, was 691-397-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 career appearances. He holds regular-season NHL records for wins, games and minutes. He also won three Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.

HIGHLIGHTS

•ISLES OWN NEW YORK: Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his second consecutive shutout of the Rangers, and the Islanders beat their biggest rivals 4-1 in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders have won all three meetings this season with the Rangers, taking the first two at Madison Square Garden, and outscoring them 13-4 overall. Halak beat them 3-0 on Jan. 13.

•GAUDREAU LIFTS FLAMES: Rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to lead the host Flames past Buffalo 4-1, extending the Sabres' team-record losing streak to 12 games. Calgary won for the fifth time in six games.

•SHORTHANDED PENGUINS BEAT JETS: David Perron and Brandon Sutter scored power-play goals in the third period and the Penguins rallied for a 5-3 victory over the visiting Jets. Pittsburgh ended a four-game losing streak despite playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

•PREDATORS TOP AVS IN OT: Craig Smith scored 2:46 into overtime, giving the Predators a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche in Nashville. Colorado forced OT on Nick Holden's goal with 36 seconds left in the third period.

•PRICE BACKSTOPS CANADIENS: Carey Price stopped 40 saves for his 25th victory of the season as the host Canadiens held off the Stars 3-2. Dallas is four points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

•RICHARDS TO MINORS: The Kings assigned Mike Richards to Manchester of the AHL after the high-priced center cleared waivers.

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