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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…
From the AP via Toronto Star,
New Jersey Devils captain Patrik Elias will be sidelined for the first game of the second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday because of a lingering cold.
“Patrik was here this morning and he will not be in the lineup,” Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said after the team’s morning skate. “He is much better. The way he feels, he’ll skate tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”
From North Jersey Media,
Watching his father toil through backbreaking construction work, hearing the stories of his parents’ winding path from Mexico to the great Northwest as migrant farm workers, these are the building blocks of Gomez’s personality, the foundation for valuing his life as a professional athlete.
“We’re in fantasy land and I’ve always appreciated that,” Gomez said Wednesday following the Devils’ final practice in advance of their second-round playoff opener tonight against Ottawa. “What’s not to love? I mean, I play hockey, I’m in a locker room, this is my job.”
Bit by bit over the past seven years with the Devils, Gomez has allowed himself to release more of that inner clown, breaking the room up with a joke or nudging a jittery rookie past his nerves as a game is about to begin.
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