Brodeur ties record for most games played by goaltender

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Martin Brodeur equaled Patrick Roy's record for the most regular-season games played by a goaltender in the NHL on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Brodeur marked his 1,029th appearance by helping his New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's durability," Brodeur told reporters.

"That's what playing a lot of games is, it's being durable, it's being successful, because if you're not, then the coach doesn't put you in there.

"I'm definitely happy it's passed. We'll get the next game and get it over with."

Brodeur, who has played his entire NHL career with the Devils, is expected to claim the outright record when New Jersey play Ottawa on Friday.

His fellow Canadian Roy set his mark during an 18-year career with Montreal and Colorado that ended in 2003.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Julian Linden)