NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Once Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils got to the shootout against the New York Islanders they were doomed.
That is the way this season has gone, and it didn't matter that Brodeur was looking for a win in what might have been his final start after 20 seasons with the Devils.
New Jersey just can't win in shootouts. The Devils lost their 13th this season and extended their NHL record for shootout ineptitude to 17 straight over the past two seasons, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Islanders on Friday night.
"Almost comical," Devils goal scorer Ryan Carter said of the shootout woes.
The Islanders were impressive in the shootout with Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scoring. Bailey and Strome had highlight goals, doing it with 360 spin-a-rama moves.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said after the game that he wants to play the soon-to-be 42 year-old Brodeur in the season finale against Boston at home on Sunday, but he will talk with the goalie before making a final decision.
Brodeur was matter-of-fact about playing.
"Every time I play could be my last game," Brodeur said. "That's the way I kind of approach it. I wasn't sure I was going to play today, either. I was able to play and felt pretty good."
Brodeur, the NHL career leader in wins (687) and shutouts (124), is in the last season of his contract. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Devils.
Cory Schneider is in line to be the Devils' No. 1 goalie of the future.
"It doesn't matter," Brodeur said. "The last game is the last game. I'm going to reflect on having an unbelievable career in New Jersey regardless if I decide to stay . or I decide to go do something else.
"For me, it's not about my last performance. It's about what I accomplished in the whole."
Carter and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils. Anders Lee and Strome had regulation goals for the Islanders in a matchup of teams that failed to make the playoffs this season.
The Islanders put on a show in the shootout against Brodeur, who made 28 saves through overtime.
Nielsen snapped a shot past Brodeur on New York's first try, and Damien Brunner tied it 1-1 with a shot high into the net against Anders Nilsson, who had 25 saves.
"I was kind of guessing (Brodeur) was guessing a little bit," Nielsen said. ") just shot it quick."