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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 National Post,
Might there be something in Thursday’s narrow escape to suggest the Senators have reformed their game? Perhaps.
“We still have moments when we stray from the game plan, but I think it’s just the realization that, if we do the things right that we practise during the year—really not giving the other team any chances—we know how to play that way now,” Emery said.
“If we dedicate ourselves and play like that ... guys are willing to do that now.
“I don’t know if we even knew how to do that last year.
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 Wayne Scanlan at the Ottawa Citizen,
Alfredsson, who turns 35 in December, and Dean McAmmond, 34 in June, are the two senior Senators in age.
They figure to have the most at stake as another opportunity comes around. How many more do they get?
McAmmond was on the sidelines for two Cup finals—in 1992 with the Chicago Blackhawks and 2004 with the Calgary Flames, but didn’t see action in either series.
He was there, he says, “watching and learning.
“I’m still wanting to get there,” he says. “I still want that ring.”
Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Could you talk about the play of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov throughout the first round and throughout the season?
BRYAN MURRAY: They’ve been our key match-up pair of defensemen. They’ve been real solid, obviously. I think both of them have developed their game even beyond what they were a year ago. There’s no question that if you don’t have that kind of shutdown pair, our team, number one, wouldn’t have had the year we had, and number two, wouldn’t have been able to stop Sidney Crosby and his group the way we did.
Q. Can we expect to see that pairing against the Gionta, Elias, Gomez line?
BRYAN MURRAY: Certainly part of that time will be that way. The other line we have to recognize is the Parise line. I think they were very, very good for them in the early series. We will have to play a little bit of toss the ball in the air and see which one is going on a given night.
They’re certainly our priority pair.
from the Ottawa Sun,
In obvious discomfort after taking a shot on his catching glove yesterday at practice, Senators goalie Ray Emery smashed his stick and left the ice.
The Senators’ top ‘tender was quick, however, to assure the gathered press corps he’ll be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday in New Jersey.
“As long as I’m ready when they sing the songs, that’s all that matters,” Emery said in reference to the national anthems after emerging from the training room.
from the NY Post,
“I’m sure the Senators feel this is their year. Every year I’ve been in this league, they’ve been right there,” John Madden said after the Devils advanced to the second round with their 3-2 Game 6 victory over the Lightning here yesterday.
“Their depth is going to be a big challenge,” Martin Brodeur said after becoming the second-winningest goalie in NHL history with his 93rd victory.
The Devils, however, showed that they’ll present the old tenacity that is their trademark, the spirit of the bulldog that should be their alternate emblem.
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