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Devils G Brodeur returns to practice

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since spraining his knee Feb. 6, but he would not set a timetable for his return.

The 38-year-old Brodeur injured the knee in a 4-1 win in Montreal and underwent an MRI that revealed a sprained medical collateral ligament. Doctors said that Brodeur would be out indefinitely and he was subsequently placed on the injured reserve list.

But Thursday, Brodeur was on the ice for approximately 15 minutes during end-to-end open ice drills, then stood at center ice and watched Johan Hedberg take the net during specialty drills. Brodeur returned to the crease for more scrimmaging, showing lateral movement and dropping to his knees and back up rather freely. He then pushed himself through skating drills.

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