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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.
From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.
After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.
“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.
from Neil Amato at the Star-Ledger,
Seven years ago, when the Carolina Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, the series was billed as Motor City vs. Mayberry, Red Wings vs. Rednecks. Some fans reject the stereotype; others embrace it.
“Opie loves hockey; that’s us,” said Hurricanes fan Josh Sessoms, quoting one hand-lettered sign from playoffs past.
The Triangle area—Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and a number of leafy suburbs—has undergone sprawling growth, thanks to what was a vibrant economy and what still is a nice place to live.
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.
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