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by Paul on 11/13/13 at 08:44 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Garden can undergo all sorts of transformations, but no matter what, then, now and seemingly for always, there is Martin Brodeur leading the Devils onto the ice from the Zamboni corner entrance at 33rd and Eighth.
There’s been more than 20 years of it, from the time as a 19-year-old Brodeur started Game 5 of the 1992 first round, to the epochal 1994 conference final, to his 23-game unbeaten streak against the Blueshirts beginning in 1997, to the stunning Battle of the Hudson victory two years ago … to Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Rangers at 41 years and 190 days of age.
“Twenty years as a goaltender; it’s amazing and will never be done again,” Jaromir Jagr told The Post. “Think of it, 20 years as a No. 1; that kind of thing doesn’t happen in sports.
“Who could do that? Maybe [Peyton] Manning as a quarterback. But that’s it,” No. 68 said. “For me, if I’m not the No. 1 right wing, I still have three other chances to be on the team, but Marty as No. 1 for 20 years? No one else can do that and no one else will do that.”
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