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from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes are playing a dangerous game with Martin Brodeur. Consider these comments from Joe Corvo and Cam Ward on Brodeur’s 44-save shutout in Game 5.
Corvo: “He played well last night, but I think on the other hand a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. … I think Cam played just as good or better than Marty yesterday.”
Ward: “I’m not going to sit here and whine about being bumped once or twice.”...
The Canes are obviously, whether consciously or otherwise, trying to tear down the mythology associated with Brodeur after what may have been the finest playoff performance in Brodeur’s legendary career.
That may help with Carolina’s mentality — it’s the opposite of standing around saying “Will we ever score on this guy?” — but it’s also giving Brodeur mental ammunition.
read on & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
Forty-four saves by Martin Brodeur in Game 5? Bravo, says Hurricanes defenceman Joe Corvo.
“He played well last night,” Corvo said Friday. “On the other hand, I think a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. Just keep getting a lot of shots on him and eventually they’ll go in. I think Cam played just as good as or better than Marty yesterday.”
Corvo did say this about the series: “It’s been exciting, I’ll tell you that much. It hasn’t been boring.”
from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,
I had worked up a lather ripping NBC for choosing to broadcast Jeep World of Adventure and poker instead of the Canes-Devils game Sunday, if the Rangers-Capitals series ends tonight, but NBC is saying it’s not the network’s decision.
Network spokesman Brian Walker said the league is contractually obligated to provide games to Versus and TSN and there weren’t enough to go around Sunday.
I’ve asked around and it’s a little more complicated than that. Basically, the NHL wants a game on NBC on Sunday and NBC wants a hockey game on Sunday. If the Capitals win, then everything’s OK and it’ll be Game 6 of the Rangers-Capitals series.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Every so often a playoff series unfolds that is so close, so competitive that it’s impossible to predict a winner.
Every so often there’s a playoff game that’s so gripping, so unpredictable that it’s impossible to imagine another one like it.
And as the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes prepare for Game Six of the Opening Round in Raleigh on Sunday, one can hardly imagine a match more heart-throbbing than Games Four and Five in The Southland and Newark, respectively.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Martin Brodeur had a nice little scratch on outside of his right ankle as a reminder of a first period collsion with Chad LaRose.
That was the only mark of significance on Brodeur after another record-setting night at Prudential Center.
Brodeur made 44 saves to post his 23rd career playoff shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record for career playoff shutouts and gave the Devils a 3-2 lead in the series with a chance to wrap it up in Game 6 Sunday in Carolina.
“It’s nice, but it’s all about winning,” Brodeur said of tying Roy’s record. “I play on a great team. I think shutouts will happen when you play so many games in the playoffs and you’re successful in the playoffs also. It’s like anything. It’s nice to be on top.”
added 12:16am 4/24/09, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Now the Hurricanes must beat the game’s greatest goalie of all time in two consecutive games to reach the second round. They’ll need a few bounces to go their way.
As we walked through the arena hallways with Carolina coach Paul Maurice following his news conference, he stopped dead in his tracks.
“Ah, here we go,” Maurice said.
He bent over and picked up a penny from the concrete floor. After witnessing a legend at play Thursday night, he’ll need every bit of luck he can get.
Martin Brodeur complained about goalie interference on the goal
The NHL Situation Room updates us with this… The NHL’s goalie interference rule sets a mandate to protect the goalie in the blue ice – to let the goalie do his job. In the white ice, it is a more delicate matter, including who moved into whom. The referee has one split-second look at it and it is a judgment call. The Situation Room has no video review capacity in this instance. That said, the Situation Room officials agreed with the call on the ice, that it looked like the goalie, Martin Brodeur, moved out toward the skater.
added 11:56pm, Reaction from Brodeur is below…
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
Three games into their best-of-7 series against the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes have yet to grab a lead in regulation.
One way to change that disturbing fact would be to get things going on the power play. That’s exactly what the ‘Canes intend to do when they host the Devils in Game 4 on Tuesday night at the RBC Center.
“We gave it to those guys something fierce today,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said Monday afternoon after conducting a video session. “There are things we think we can do better—bringing the puck up the ice—that we have to improve on. The power play is ebb and flow. When you have confidence, you have more motion and more quickness. When it’s not going, it’s stagnant and standing, and I think we’re at that point in the offensive zone. We just remind them of what it is that when our power play is good what it looks like.”
Watching the HD feed of the Devils/Canes game. In OT, poof!, Directv logo pops-up. Wait a minute thinking it will come back, nope, switch to the SD feed of the game, it’s over, Devils win.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Venue isn’t the only thing that has turned on the Devils. So have the tables.
They head to Raleigh, where they’ve lost their last six playoff visits, having conceded home-ice advantage. They may be without their captain, as well, for Game 3 tomorrow.
Brent Sutter sounded as if the Devils may have to manage without Jamie Langenbrunner for a while, after the captain left last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Newark with what the team called a “lower-body injury.”“We’ll see as we go along,” Sutter said of the lines he revamped because of Langenbrunner’s absence. “Hopefully, Jamie will be right back. We’ll know more [today].“Besides performing his role as captain, Langenbrunner shared the team’s goal-scoring lead since New Year’s (24) with Zach Parise.
from CBC Sports,
It’s hard to imagine a future Hall of Fame goaltender who holds the record for all-time wins and sports a minuscule 1.96 goals-against average in 169 post-season games would enter any Stanley Cup playoffs as an underdog.
But that is the scenario for Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, at least in the eyes of former National Hockey League netminder Kelly Hrudey.
“I think Marty Brodeur can be a weak link,” the Hockey Night in Canada analyst told viewers on the eve of Wednesday’s Round 1 series opener between the Devils and visiting Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“What teams identified about three years ago in the playoffs is if you throw pucks at his feet that he has a lot of problems.
“We saw it in particular, even though New Jersey beat Tampa a couple of years ago, he gave up a ton of goals from everywhere. Tampa certainly weren’t shy [to shoot] from the corners. For whatever reason he’d have a hard time getting to his posts, so much so I thought he was injured.”
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