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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.”
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
There is no shortage of Stanley Cup rings between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils.
The Canes have 10 players with rings and the Devils 11. They’re the players who have successfully fought through four playoff series, won 16 games, been there on that last night in June with their bushy playoff beards and broad smiles and finally lifted the Cup in celebration and exultation.
It’s experience that’s hard-won, that will be invaluable when the Canes and Devils begin their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series this week at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
So now the playoffs await, only the opponent and the seeding uncertain. Two years of pent-up excitement and enthusiasm is ready to explode at the RBC Center and not just in the stands.
For the 10 holdovers from the 2006 championship team, the return to the playoffs has been a long time coming—far longer than any of them could have expected on June 19, 2006.
“With our talent level and our team in general, we should be in the playoffs,” said Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who recorded his eighth career hat trick Tuesday. “We attained that goal. The last two years we didn’t, and that’s what made it so disappointing and difficult.”
No matter what happens now, whether the Hurricanes go out in the first round or make it to the finals for the third time in the past seven seasons, at least they’ll go down fighting, if they go down at all. It took them three years, but they’re finally going to defend their title.
from Lindsey Hall of the N.C. State University Technician,
If you’ve never been to a hockey game, here’s a word of advice – go. If you’ve carried that anti-hockey, “It’s a boring sport” sentiment around, just give the game a chance. We have a successful, winning team just down the road from campus. They just set a franchise record Saturday with 11 consecutive home wins and have won 8 games in a row.
A whiteboard in the hallway leading to the Canes bench dons the message “Good teams find a way to win.” This team is more than good, and they’ve certainly found a way to win. Good things are happening in the RBC Center.
The ever-growing fan base in North Carolina knows a little bit about Southern hospitality, and the hell of a time that’s called tailgating.
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