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Pressure Time

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….

The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...

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Don’t Forget About Cam Ward

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.

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Martin Brodeur- Travel Advisor

from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,

Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.

Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?

A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.

Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.

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Mind Games With Brodeur

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…

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The Sunday NBC Talk

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.

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A Series To Remember

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.

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Brodeur Stands Out In Victory Over Carolina

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.”

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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.

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Carolina Beats New Jersey With Two Tenths Of A Second Left On The Clock

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…

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GRRRR!!! DIRECTV!

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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Langenbrunner Out With Possible Groin Injury

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner did not make the trip with the Devils to North Carolina and will miss at least the next two games of the team’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Hurricanes with a suspected groin injury.

The Devils are still calling it a “lower-body injury.”

Langenbrunner was injured in the second period of a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 2 on Friday night.

“Jamie Langenbrunner will not be with us on this trip,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “He’ll be out these next couple of games and we’ll see how he is when we get back. But he’s not out of the first round at this point.”

“It’s going to be a day-by-day situation, but he definitely will not be on this trip.”

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