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Devils' Goalie Martin Brodeur Injured

As if the New Jersey Devils don’t already have enough problems, goalkeeper Martin Brodeur left tonight’s game against Chicago early with an elbow injury.

Despite taking a 2-0 lead at the United Center against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, the struggling Devils lost starting goalie Martin Brodeur with a what the team called a bruised right elbow.

The Devils said x-rays were negative but that he’s not likely to return.

Play was stopped at 5:27 of the second period for Devils athletic trainers to take a look at Brodeur’s right arm after he stopped Patrick Kane’s blast from the lower left circle just below the numbers on his sleeve. Brodeur, playing in his sixth straight game, tried to continue but left the net at the next whistle, 21 seconds later, and headed for the locker room. He was replaced by backup Johan Hedberg.