"If they're not already the best team they should be by the end of the season," Brodeur said after the Devils' 5-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night. "Every turnover we had they capitalized on, but at the end of the day I felt we competed really well."
Mike Fisher scored twice and backup goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves for Ottawa.
"It was exciting to play against Brodeur," Emery said. "If you had asked me five years ago if I would be playing against him and beating him I would have been pretty surprised."
Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Brian McGrattan also scored to help the Senators improve to 6-0 on Saturdays. Ottawa has outscored opponents 35-6 on Saturdays.
After Fisher gave Ottawa a 5-2 lead with 8:38 left, New Jersey cut it to one on goals by John Madden with 6:16 to go and Grant Marshall with 1:44 remaining. Marshall's goal came on a two-man advantage.
"We made some mistakes in the third and we have to be sharper," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "When you've got a team down you don't want to let them get back in it."
Barry Tallackson and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, and Brodeur made 37 saves.
"I'm extremely proud of the way we played," New Jersey coach Larry Robinson said. "We showed a lot of heart and a lot of drive. We got contributions from everybody tonight."
Emery improved to 5-0 and the Senators raised their record to 15-3-0.
Alfredsson was held pointless for just the second time this season, while Dany Heatley extended his point streak to 18 games with an assist on Spezza's goal.
"When one line doesn't get it going as often as you would like it's really important to get contributions from others," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said.
New Jersey's Bryan Smolinski left the game late in the first period because of a right shoulder injury ... Ottawa D Zdeno Chara earned his 100th NHL career assist.