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Finding a fairy tale ending

In a perfect ending, Martin Brodeur hefts the Stanley Cup over his head and makes a graceful exit, the way the great Lanny McDonald did way back when.

And Brodeur may still get to achieve that rare ending, but he will likely have to wear another uniform to do it.

In recent days there have been enough media reports going around to make you realize something is likely to happen to Brodeur's status with the New Jersey Devils in the coming days.

"I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not?" Brodeur told Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger. "It's not like I'm going to play 25 more years here."

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Brodeur Finds His Game, Saves Devils

So much for Martin Brodeur riding off into the sunset, eh?

Brodeur had pretty much said his days as the New Jersey Devils' top goalie were done back on Oct. 19, when his slow start and the presence of Cory Schneider told Brodeur he should expect to spend a lot of time at the end of the Devils' bench. Heck, there were even stories that Brodeur would consider a trade to a playoff-bound team if New Jersey fell out of contention.

But now, Brodeur is back on the ice and doing his level best to get the Devils into the postseason, with the most recent example of turning back the clock being Wednesday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

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Logical Brodeur accepts change in nets

Martin Brodeur has been as logical as a Vulcan for pretty much his entire career. It's hard to remember any outbursts or antics about anything that has occurred during his time with the New Jersey Devils.

Which makes it altogether unsurprising in reading Wednesday's media reports that Brodeur acknowledged that Cory Schneider had assumed the top spot among the goalies without anger or rancor.

“I think every time you go through kind of a change with goalies and stuff it’s always a story,” Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “It doesn’t mean it’s just with the Devils. Vancouver dealt with that for three years in a row. It happens. I think we’re in a situation that whatever the coach feels is the best opportunity for him to win, he’s going to do it, and right now the way Cory’s been playing he’s well deserved to be in the net.

“I’m not saying I don’t deserve, but if that’s what the coach feels, it’s fine.

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Down to Business

Well, its finally back. There is no use crying over lost time, so here are some news, notes and quotes since the news broke the lockout ended in NJ.

Petr Sykora, who played for the Devils last season, is hoping to be invited back to Devils camp again after his contract expired after the previous season. If you remember, Sykora entered the training camp last year and was originally expected to be a long shot to make the team. Not only did he make the team, he contributed 21 goals and 23 assists.

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Martin Brodeur has a poor performance in Operation Hat Trick game

It was probably one of the first times Martin Brodeur has faced some real action since the Devils skated off the ice after being defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. But in the Operation Hat Trick charity game in Atlantic City this past Saturday, Brodeur let  10 goals get by him in a 10-6 loss for Team Hartnell.

Obviously there was no real fore check being used in this game, as it was basically a glorified All-Star game, but every shot that seemed to make it through to Brodeur ended up in the back of the net, causing the Flyers fans in the arena to start the sing-song chant of "Mar-ty." 

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Devils Move On To Stanley Cup Finals

What a game.

With a 3-2 series lead, the Devils literally tried to throw everything they had at the Rangers to finish this series off in front of their home fans. After dropping a 2-0 lead that they gained in the first period, the Devils were able to pull through with a 3-2 win in overtime. The Devils will now move on to face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, as they search to bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.

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Henrique’s Double-Overtime Goal Sends Devils To Second Round Date With Flyers

The momentum in the Devils/Panthers series ping-ponged back and forth seemingly every game. However, in the decisive final game, the Devils were the one skating victorious. Adam Henrique’s double-overtime goal gave the Devils a 3-2 win and 4-3 series victory.

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Devils Facing Elimination Tonight

The sixth seeded New Jersey Devils will be staring elimination in the face tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The series has had a mix of ups-and-downs for both teams, with games where the offense was potent and others where the defensive won the battles.

With the Devils down 3-2 in the series, they will have to win the last two games in order to advance further in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey for the first time since 2002-03.

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Martin Brodeur Sets NHL Record In Win Against Panthers

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.

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Devils Split First Two Games With Panthers

The first two games in Florida are over and the Devils, who are favored even though they are the six seed, have split the games with the Panthers. Both games were hard fought for the Devils, however, an early lead for the Panthers in game two was one of the reasons the Devils couldn’t mount the necessary comeback. Heading back to New Jersey, the Devils will have to turn up the heat and walk away with two additional wins before locking up the series in Florida.

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Devils Clinch Playoff Spot

With a 5-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the New Jersey Devils have officially clinched a berth in the postseason this year. The Devils failed to make the playoffs last season. In the past 22 seasons, the Devils have been in the playoffs 21 times.

Martin Brodeur, who pitched a shutout to solidify a Devils playoff birth, is happy to be back in the playoffs after last years mess.

“It was tough,” Brodeur said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Recod, “I didn’t think it was going to bother me that much because we were out for so long, early in the season. It was a tough start we had. But when I started to watch a little bit of hockey maybe in the second and third round, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really missing this atmosphere.’ This is why was an important thing for me to go out and try to get in the playoffs, get back at it.”

 

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Brodeur and Giguere Battle Like It’s 2003

If anyone caught the Devils game last night, you witnessed an old-school goaltender duel between Martin Brodeur and Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche. Both goalies pitched shutouts for the game, and the 0-0 battle would need to be decided in a shoot out. Brodeur made 27 saves while Giguere finished with 33. Both goalies made numerous stops and big saves to give their team a chance at victory. Both the Devils and Avs had a few key scoring chances that would of swing the decision in their favor, but the goalies prevailed between the pipes.

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Devils Open Home-At-Home Series With Flyers

The Devils are preparing to begin a home-at-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. The Devils sit only two points behind the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils have split the series 2-2, with the series concluding on Tuesday night.

The Devils have won three games in a row with two wins over the Islanders and an additional win over the New York Rangers.

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Did A Hand Pass Cause The Bruins To Beat The Devils?

After coming back from a 2-0 hole, the New Jersey Devils took a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. With a little more then 10 minutes remaining, Zdeno Chara caught the puck and fed it over to David Krejci who buried the puck for his third goal of the night. The Devils argued that it should of been a hand pass, and goaltender Martin Brodeur was the first to say he thinks it went unnoticed after the game.

“That third goal, who knows if it was a hand pass or not, but it looked pretty close to us from where we were standing and they missed it,” Brodeur said to Rich Chere of The Star Ledger. “That made a big difference. Chara was jumping up and the first assist was Lucic, so automatically that’s a hand pass.”

If it was indeed a handpass, the goal should have been disallowed and the Devils would of still had a 3-2 lead.

There is no video showing just the handpass, but you can watch the highlights from NHL.com. This specific play begins at 2:36 of the video. Did Chara get away with one here?

 

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Devils news and notes

- Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux were both called up from the Albany Devils. They will play tonight against the Sabres. In the morning practice the morning, Veilleux skated with Jacob Josefson and Cam Janssen. Palmieri skated as an extra.

- According to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger, Martin Brodeur has made a few tweaks to his pads and is now reaping the reward.

Since the All-Star break, the 6-2, 220-pound Brodeur has tweaked his leg pads and he’s 4-0-1 and playing some of his best hockey of the season.

Brodeur has lengthened his leg pads from 36 inches to 37 inches, and increased the width at the top of the pads from 9 1/2 inches to “about 10 1/4 to 10 1/2 inches,’’ he said. The bottom remains the maximum allowed (11 inches).

“For me, I think it protects a little more the five hole,” said Brodeur, who’ll be in net on Tuesday night when the Devils (31-20-4) travel to Buffalo (24-25-6). “When I go down on the butterfly there’s a little more pad there then I used to have. I always played with my pads wider at the bottom and tapered at the top like goalies did in the 1990s. Now I’m more in line with what other goalies wear around the league. I just wanted to see if I was able to play with something a little bigger and cover a little more net. It feels pretty good.”

 

 

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Martin Brodeur Sprains Ankle During Win Against Rangers

“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said.“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger.

Pete DeBoer wasn’t as sure as Hedberg though.

“We haven’t made that decision yet,” DeBoer said. “We’ll talk to (Brodeur) tomorrow morning and we’ll make that call. That’s the plan. I don’t foresee why he couldn’t. I’m not concerned. He had a lot of work last night. He had a pretty taxing game. So we’re giving him the day off. I don’t foresee his injury keeping him out.”

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A Breath Of Fresh Air - Devils Turning Things Around Nicely

I suppose it took a 6-1 trouncing by the Boston Bruins for the Devils to finally open their eyes. Over these past couple of games, the Devils have been playing a dominant style of hockey consisting of three equal parts: strong offense, shut-down defense and solid goaltending.

The Devils have defeated the Florida Panthers (5-2) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1) in back-to-back games and have shown no sign of wear and tear.

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A Mild Mannered Rant

As a blogger for the New Jersey Devils, it is easy enough to try to find the good in a bad game. It is easy to pick out the moments that allow you to hang your hat on them, and come back a few nights later, parked in front of the TV, to watch again. Every fan does it. The problem I am currently facing is what happens when you run out of patience for the things that never seem to change.

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Devils do some housekeeping

Due to absence induced by a turkey coma, I am here to bring everyone up to speed with a few bits of Devils information.

First off, Nick Palmieri has been assigned to the AHL Albany Devils. Palmieri has been tremendously under-performing this year. He has only acquired three goals and three assists during the season so far. This move could be seen as a wake up call for Palmieri. He may also end up being trade bait in the future depending on how he handles his demotion.

“He’s just got to play,” DeBoer said of Palmieri. “He’s got to play with confidence. It’s not an easy league to play in, and we’ve got some depth here — some guys we can move in and out. He needs to go back and find his game.”

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Brodeur Returns; Zajac Skates

For the first time since injuring his shoulder against the Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur will step back between the pipes to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at “The Rock” tonight.

“I’m looking forward to it,’’ Brodeur said after today’s morning skate. “It’s been a long time for me. Even in the season, I’ve only played one (full) game, so I never got any momentum going as far as my game’s concerned. The team is playing well, not getting any points, lately, so we’re going to definitely try to get to that right now.’‘

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Devils Sign Two; Brodeur Still Out

The Devils have signed two players to contracts as the team continues to recover from a recent string of debilitating injuries.

The first signing came in the form of Ryan Carter who was put on waivers by the Florida Panthers. Most recently, however, the Devils have signed Steve Bernier to a contract with the AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils.

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Devils Hit By Injury Bug Again

First Travis Zajac was sidelined after requiring surgery to fix his Achilles. Now the Devils were be without their second top centerman in Jacob Josefson after he crashed into the end boards in the first period during the Devils 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. The angle and impact that Josefson made with the boards broke his clavicle and he will be out for the next 3-4 months in order to fully recover.

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Devils To Honor Michael “Doc” Emrick, Brodeur Update

Little has been said about a status update surrounding Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. He has already met with the team doctor, and Lou Lamoriello said that Brodeur was “status-quo.” Not exactly the most uplifting words to hear. Brodeur has already been ruled out of Fridays game against the Sharks. Once again the Devils turn to Johan Hedberg to rally the troops in search of another win. The Devils will have Keith Kinkaid on the bench as a backup.

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Martin Brodeur will be out the next 7-10 days with an injured shoulder. He will not require surgery.

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Martin Brodeur Travels With Team After Injuring Shoulder

Seeing Martin Brodeur skate off the ice bent over in pain was the last thing that the Devils wanted to see last night.

After making a diving save in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings, Brodeur injured his shoulder. He finished out the first period, but was replaced by Johan Hedberg when the team came out of the dressing room to start the second period. Brodeur sat on the bench and watched the rest of the game with the team. He is currently listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Nashville as they prepare to take on the Predators. It looks like even though he is traveling with the team, Hedberg will most likely get the start.

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Can An Offensive Showcase Push Devils Back Into Playoffs?

After last years disappointing season, the Devils are quickly trying to turn the page. Head coach Peter DeBoer is trying to help keep the past stay in the past. After the Devils opened the season with a 3-0 loss, however, the whispers started to begin that the Devils were no better then last years shaky squad. With the emergence of a healthy Zach Parise teamed up with the powerhouse scoring ability of Ilya Kovalchuk and the dynamic on ice ability of Patrik Elias, can the Devils make it back into the playoffs on nothing more then offense?

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Parise and Devils Fall to Flyers

With the first game of the New Jersey Devils season under their belt, it is time to take a look at the game and analyze how to move forward from here.

With all the hype surrounding the return of Zach Parise and the Devils, everything seemed to fall flat on the ice when it came time to make things happen. The Devils would eventually fall 3-0, and look outplayed the whole way through.

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The Devils Case To Be A Contender In The Atlantic

Since the New Jersey Devils have just wrapped up their final preseason game, it is time to take a look into the regular season crystal ball. With the outlook of the team, I don’t see how the Devils could miss the playoffs, and further more not be contenders for the Atlantic Division. I will provide a team breakdown, and offer my opinion on how the Devils could possibly walk away with the victories.

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Devils Look Dangerous, Even In Defeat

Even though the Devils fell to the Rangers in the waning minutes, there were many positives signs to take out of this game.

The play of Adam Larsson, Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson and the rest of the Devils left a sign of things to come on the ice. The play was physical, quick and made the Devils look like a really impressive hockey team. Unfortunately, the Rangers came back with a good gang of guys tonight on the ice at The Rock, and were able to snag the victory with time winding down in the third.

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Possible Starting Lines, Clarkson And Sykora Looking To Make A Splash

Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer liked what he saw when Patrik Elias and Zach Parise took the ice together on the first line. His eyes had to of gotten bigger when he saw Ilya Kovalchuk and Jacob Josefson run the second line of offense. Barring any major injuries, the Devils could be boasting a pretty nice looking offensive unit this coming season.

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News and Information From Devils Camp

With Devils camp finished for the day, I will fill you in on some news that has been going around.

Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer pushed the Devils, regardless if you were a veteran or a rookie.

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Is Brodeur Looking For A Contract Extension?

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It seems like it has finally happened. The train is finally making its way down the long and winding track. However, this train may not actually stop when it arrives to the station.


Martin Brodeur could possibly be looking to sign an extension sometime throughout the season depending on his personal health and how this season turns out. If you are a fan of the New Jersey Devils, you have to hope that his decision is quick and decisive.

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