The Devils will be hard-pressed to replace former captain Zach Parise, who signed with the Wild as a free agent in the offseason, but they still have future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur did his best to help fans forget about their departed captain Tuesday night as he recorded his 120th career shutout in the Devils' 3-0 victory over the Flyers in their home opener at Prudential Center.

Brodeur chose not to play overseas during the lockout, but he has been sharp to start the season. Before Saturday, the last game he appeared in that counted for anything was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals seven months ago, when he allowed six goals against the Kings. So far this season, he has allowed just one goal on 43 shots.

"I worked really hard to get to where I am, but ... the team is playing well," Brodeur said. "I'm happy to be back. I'm excited. I've been working really hard in practices to get to that point."

His coach, Pete DeBoer, clearly agreed.

"I think he is amazing. What else can you say?" DeBoer said after the Devils began their season 2-0 for the first time since 2008-09. "He looks like he's 20 years old in there, all the energy. He was fantastic."

Brodeur stopped all 24 Flyers shots, the toughest one coming after he made a bad clearing attempt midway through the first period. The Flyers' Scott Laughton picked it off and fired on net, but Brodeur got back in time to make a nifty glove save.

Brodeur got all of the offense he needed 1:07 into the game when Travis Zajac gave the Devils the lead by hanging around the front of the net. He redirected a Bryce Salvador shot from the left point, and roofed a shot after Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov gave up a rebound.

The Devils added two more goals, the first being David Clarkson's power-play goal with 25 seconds remaining in the opening period. Ilya Kovalchuk began the play by passing to Clarkson, who banked a shot off Flyers' forward Ruslan Fedotenko's skate and then past Bryzgalov.

Kovalchuk sealed the game with a penalty-shot goal at 2:44 of the second period, on a backhander past Bryzgalov's glove, after he was hooked by Kimmo Timonen.