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by George Malik on 04/12/14 at 11:26 PM ET
The New York Post's Larry Brooks' criticism of Martin Brodeur for sticking it out as #30's game diminished has struck me as strangely personal, and today, Brooks reveals that he's known he's had Brodeur's ear all along--because Brodeur would seek out Brooks' advice earlier in his career:
The phone rang in my Boston hotel room on the night of May 6, 1994, as I was writing my column in advance of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Devils and Bruins. New Jersey trailed the series 2-1 after having won the previous match at Boston Garden with Chris Terreri in nets following two defeats at the Meadowlands behind rookie Martin Brodeur.
Jacques Lemaire, the head coach, hadn’t revealed whether he was sticking with Terreri — who had a pedigree at Boston Garden, previously excelling in the old barn when he played for Providence College — or going back to Brodeur, who had outlasted Dominik Hasek and the Sabres in a compelling seven-game first-round series that featured a Game 6 quadruple overtime 1-0 defeat in Buffalo.
It was all hush-hush.
This was Brodeur’s 22nd birthday, and when I answered the phone, the birthday boy was on the other end.
"I don’t know if I’m supposed to tell you this,” Brodeur said, knowing full well that he wasn’t. “But it’s not me tomorrow night, it’s Chris.”
The statute of limitations has expired. Twenty years later, a full two decades throughout which The Great Brodeur has exceeded all imagined limitations, Brodeur’s time as a Devil finally has expired as well.
Where does the time go?
Brooks continues with another Brodeur story, a salute to the goaltender as his tenure with the Devils is coming to an end, and other tidbits and observations.
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