by Patrick Hoffman on 08/08/12 at 10:54 AM ET
From Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:
“What I liked was the maturing of our guys. They grew as we went along and all these things fast-tracked us to the playoffs where they experienced winning, losing—and in the end it all made them better.”
Looking backward, the Blueshirts leader understands that his club was one mere Martin Brodeur miscue away from winning Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final at Prudential Center. But with the score tied 2-2 in the third, Brodeur was challenged one-on-one by Brad Richards.
With 20-20 vision, the coach can examine the episode in his rear view mirror without blinking because—well—hockey is hockey and, in that moment, Brodeur was Brodeur.
“Richie had that chance but Brodeur stacked his pads,” the coach remembered, “and made the save. We win that and we win the series.”
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