NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was characterized by coach Peter DeBoer as day to day after the 39-year-old was forced to leave Thursday night's 2-1 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings with upper body soreness.
Brodeur said he tweaked his right shoulder while making a diving save on Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez's point shot with 7:57 remaining in the first period.
"I should be fine," said Brodeur, who plans on traveling with the team to Nashville for their Saturday contest against the Predators. "I was fully extending my shoulder and I just fell on it."
After play was halted, Brodeur headed over to the Devils' bench to see the trainer, but stayed in the game. But by the time the opening frame ended, Brodeur was in too much pain and discomfort to continue.
Backup Johan Hedberg replaced Brodeur at the start of the second after leading the Devils out onto the ice.
"I tried to stay in," Brodeur said. "But it started to swell a little bit, so I decided not to go back."
Brodeur stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced during the first, galvanizing the Devils, who got off to a slow start. Exactly a minute after Brodeur got looked at, Patrik Elias scored to tie the game at 1.
Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk both scored in the shootout to give the Devils (2-1) their second straight victory, while Hedberg stopped all 16 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. He was perfect in the shootout as well.
"They had the jump and we were able to weather the storm there, then we took over the game," Brodeur said.
DeBoer said he'd think about possibly bringing a third goaltender to Nashville in the event that Brodeur can't go.
"He's tweaked his shoulder in the past," DeBoer said. "He'll be day to day."
Brodeur missed 76 games during the last two seasons with injuries -- 50 games in 2008-09 with a torn biceps tendon and 26 last season with a bruised elbow and MCL sprain.
The 18-year veteran, the NHL's winningest goaltender of all time, owns a 625-351-32 carer record. He also sports a career 2.22 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
Brodeur came back midway through the second and sat on the bench with a baseball cap on and his shoulder pads off.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.