The unflappable goaltender had to take some unusual precautions to keep his concentration.

Throughout his career, Martin Brodeur has been able to ignore outside distractions. But in the hours leading up to what may have been his last game for the Devils, Brodeur felt it necessary to turn off his phone and ignore the swirling rumors about whether he’ll be traded Wednesday before the NHL’s 3 p.m. deadline.

In fact, Brodeur was well aware of the innacurate report in the Daily News which said he had agreed to be traded to the Minnesota Wild, a deal was already in place and he wanted to play one more game at Prudential Center.

“I heard it when I came in this morning. It didn’t go through me, so I knew it wasn’t true,” Brodeur said.

“The rumor, if it would have been somebody different than me that doesn’t have a no-trade, had to play a game and was told he was going to get traded, I don’t think it’s fair for some of these athletes to deal with this. I can see it now. Before, I thought it was funny.”

Brodeur was able to focus on the Detroit Red Wings, stopping 20 shots in a 4-3 Devils victory that brought the sellout crowd of 16,592 to its feet when Stephen Gionta tipped a Mark Fayne shot into the net with 36.6 seconds remaining.

Coach Pete DeBoer called the biggest win of the season.

“That was a big win,” Brodeur agreed. “At the end of the day we didn’t give up any points to Detroit. It’s a team that we’re chasing, so it was a big goal by Gio at the end.”

Throughout the game and afterwards, the crowd chanted, “Mar-ty… Mar-ty” even though he was not selected as one of the game’s three stars.

“It was great. I didn’t expect that,” Brodeur said. “You guys (the media) did a good job to kind of create maybe a sellout for the Devils. It was definitely nice that the fans reacted like that. I haven’t played since Jan. 7 here in this building. It’s been a while, so I was kind of happy to get back and play well enough to win.”

Were his teammates playing as if it was his last game for the Devils?

“Hard to say,” captain Bryce Salvador suggested. “The game was so important. Maybe it is Marty’s last game as a Devil. If it’s his last game, all the better.”

Jaromir Jagr was happy for Brodeur.

“It’s good for Marty,” Jagr said. “I truly hope he’s staying. Whatever is good for him, I’m with that. I want to see him be happy. He’ll be back anyway.”

Brodeur joked: “Yeah, I’ve got to see his 800th goal.”

Patrik Elias doesn’t think Brodeur will be traded.

“I really don’t think it’s going to happen,” Elias said.

As for Brodeur, he sounded as if he would prefer to go elsewhere and play more than he will behind Cory Schneider. He also sounded as if he wants to play next season.

But he doesn’t know what will happen.

“I don’t know. I had some good conversations with Lou (Lamoriello) about what I want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next year. From there it’s up to him to make the decision that he wants,” Brodeur said. “He knows exactly where I stand. This are a private matter between me and him.