NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in what might have been his last start in a 20-year career with the Devils and New Jersey beat Boston 3-2 on Sunday as the Bruins rested many of their stars in preparation for the playoffs later this week.
The soon-to-be 42-year-old Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and is likely to test the free-agent market now that he has become the backup to Cory Schneider.
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored twice and Travis Zajac once for the Devils, who have now missed the playoffs two straight seasons after making the Stanley Cup finals in 2012.
Loui Eriksson scored for Boston, which rested eight starters, including Zdeno Chara and No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask.
While Brodeur didn't have a lot of work against the Boston lineup that included four minor league callups, this was a lovefest for the player who led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five appearances in the championship round.
He was cheered from the opening introductions and every save brought chants of "Marty! Marty!" Toward the end, the crowd just chanted his name.
At the end of the game, Brodeur staked to center ice and waved to the crowd as his teammates stood in front of the bench and tapped their sticks on the ice to honor him. As he was interviewed the sellout crowd chanted: "Thank You Marty! Thank You Marty!"
Zajac broke a 1-all tie at 3:52 of the final period. He got inside position on Matt Bartkowski in front of goalie Chad Johnson and re-directed a pass from Jaromir Jagr into the net.
Zidlicky stretched the lead to two goals with a power-play goal that Jagr also helped set up.
The assists gave Jagr 1,050, moving him one past Gordie Howe for eighth on the career list.
Boston managed to take some of the enjoyment out of the closing seconds when Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal to make it a one-goal game.
The Devils outshot the undermanned Bruins 24-9 in the first two periods, but the score was tied 1-all.