by David Pavlak on 04/20/12 at 07:32 PM ET
Martin Brodeur watched the end of game three from the bench after he allowed three goals on 12 shots. Game four produced different results though. Back between the pipes, Brodeur turned aside every shot that made its way to him en route to a 4-0 Devils victory. Brodeur looked like the Marty of old, with his glove hand lightning quick and his pads ready to kick out any low shot. Brodeur’s shutout also broke the NHL postseason shutout record originally held by Patrick Roy. Brodeur now sits atop the list with 24 postseason shutouts.
“He was great. That’s vintage Marty Brodeur,” Head Coach Pete DeBoer said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “We’ve come to expect that around here. It wasn’t really a decision. I knew when I took him out last game that I was going to start him again. He’s been our go-to guy the entire second half of the year and he’s played exceptional for us.”
Brodeur was happy to be back in between the pipes and get the important victory after a difficult game three.
“It’s kind of nice to get back at it and play well,” he said. “I looked closely at what happened in Game 3 and I felt pretty good about myself getting back in there. I worked hard yesterday in practice just to make sure there was no doubt in my mind that I was still able to stop the puck and I was able to, so I felt good today the way I played.”
DeBoer is happy to have such a highly recognized goalie on his side, especially during the hectic playoff schedule.
“What separates him from ordinary goalies isn’t just his talent, it’s his mental makeup,” DeBoer said to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “That’s what has allowed him to play at the level he has for as long as he has. He’s just mentally tougher and is able to handle those highs and lows without affecting his game.”
Brodeur wasn’t happy to be pulled in game three despite letting up three goals.
“It was disappointing to let a three-goal lead go, but you have to take everything in stride. It’s hard. I mean, I’m not Superman here. You get affected by certain things that happen to you.”
Not even Brodeur’s teammates are surprised at what they see on the ice anymore.
“I expected him to play like this. There’s a reason why he has every record,” defenseman Bryce Salvador. “I don’t think there was any doubt in anyone’s mind. He was the best player on the ice.”
The Devils and Panthers are now tied in the series 2-2. Game five will take place tomorrow at 6:30.
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