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from The Maven,
New Jersey fans won’t want to hear this but the Devils would do well to study the Rangers’ tactics which have helped the Blueshirts tie their series at two apiece.
And if Lou Lamoriello’s sextet is smart, they’ll begin applying those tactics tonight (Wednesday) in Ottawa; otherwise what loomed as a tight playoff with the Senators will get totally out of hand.
The Rangers’ game plan can be summed up with just a few words – HUSTLE, MORE HUSTLE; FORECHECKING AND EVEN MORE FORECHECKING.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The word is Lamoriello packed up the following for the Devils’ four-day stay at a Kanata hotel:
Four doctors. Under normal circumstances, the visiting team would bring two physicians who would work hand-in-hand with the home team’s doctors. If a player needed stitches, for example, the home team would usually help out the visitors. That won’t be the case in this series.
A security guard for the bench. The Devils have asked Scotiabank Place security guards who normally work the bench area to leave, not to touch the door and stay out of the area completely so they cannot see any Devils who might be injured during the game. The Devils’ security representative is a former FBI agent.
from the NY Post,
Goals are regularly waved off for “incidental contact,” but not this one against an otherwise impenetrable Martin Brodeur. Mike Fisher’s passing run onto Brodeur’s stick yanked the Devils’ goalie off balance, allowing Tom Preissing’s routine shot to break up a scoreless duel in the third period.
“In my mind, it was interference [with] the goaltender,” Lou Lamoriello said. “I don’t think it matters if it was intentional or not.
“All I know is he was thrown off balance. We don’t make excuses, but unfortunately, there was contact there.”
The NHL series manager wasn’t unsympathetic to Brodeur’s claim.
“That’s exactly what it was, incidental contact,” manager Charlie Banfield told The Post. “Brodeur had one foot inside the blue.
“We’re not saying it’s a penalty. It’s incidental contact. It’s a hockey play.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Other than Lou Lamoriello, there isn’t another coach in the NHL who wants the Devils to succeed in the playoffs.
Lamoriello’s decision to fire coach Claude Julien with three games left in the regular season hasn’t sat well in the NHL coaching fraternity, many of whom would love nothing more than to see New Jersey fall flat.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Both coaches have matchups that are working for them.
The big question going into this series was if the Devils’ shutdown unit of John Madden, Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin could stop the Senators’ top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators have won that one going away.
Madden and Pandolfo have been on the ice for all but one of the Senators’ seven goals in this series (that was Dean McAmmond’s short-handed goal in Game 1).
from the New York Post,
That they were able to square the series on Jamie Langenbrunner’s double-OT breakaway Saturday was their escape, but the Devils will be playing with fire if they can’t slow down the Senators and dictate a more deliberate tempo, starting in Game 3 of this 1-1 second-round series here tonight.
“[High speed] plays more into their hands. We’re able to do it, but at the end of the day, we’re a patient team that sits back and waits for mistakes,” Martin Brodeur said. “We feel we’re able to skate with them, but we have to be in control.
“It’s all about not playing to the level of your opposition. You have to play to the level you’re comfortable with.”
From Bridget Wentworth at the Star-Ledger,
Martin Brodeur changed his equipment yesterday.
Not just his pads. His glove and his blocker as well.
All brand new.
“I just wanted to feel good, feel different,” he said.
His timing could not have been better.
Brodeur played his best game of the playoffs last night in the Devils 3-2 double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators at Continental Airlines Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
from the Ottawa Sun,
“They were pretty good shots,” said Murray. “You don’t count on getting five goals on (Brodeur) very often.
“Let’s put it that way. There were a couple of great shots that I don’t know who could have stopped them. I give him a little bit of credit for bouncing back from that (first period).
“We respect him a lot. All we talked about was getting shots at the net. They don’t give you many odd-man rushes and we were able to capitalize on (the ones we got). I don’t know that I would point the finger at him on many. I just hope that we keep doing that.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery of the Ottawa Senators has always looked up to Brodeur. As he is to so many young goalies seeking a place among the class of the NHL elite, Brodeur is a role model for Emery.
Brodeur, meanwhile, keeps his eye on the good ones coming up behind him.
Yesterday, on the morning of Game 1, Brodeur was talking, en francais, about the Senators and their 25-year-old netminder.
“It looks like they’ve finally found a goalie,” Brodeur said, “who gives them a chance to win every night.”
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
San Jose has officially created a new kind of system: the offensive trap. OK, it’s just puck-possession with great forechecking, but Detroit’s hardly getting a sniff of the puck in the final frame, which must be maddening, since they were supposed to be the puck-possession team.
more on both games from last night…
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