The New Jersey Devils figured out a unique way to reverse a 1-4-0 slide: They left the most prolific scorer in franchise history home.
With John MacLean left behind while the team tries to trade him, Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Devils ended the Pittsburgh Penguins’ eight-game unbeaten streak with a 4-0 win Thursday night.
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he made a decision to exclude MacLean while he tries to trade him.
Carey sent down
Bruins goalie Jim Carey, who refused to go to the minor leagues for a conditioning assignment, was sent down anyway after he cleared waivers.
Carey was the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie in 1996.
Other teams probably declined to claim him because of his $2.22 million salary.
Center sits out
Chicago Blackhawks center Alex Zhamnov sat out Thursday action with a concussion suffered in a car accident. Also, wing Bob Probert underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.