by Vince Maranto on 03/28/12 at 11:17 AM ET
It was 20 years ago yesterday, that a 19 year old Martin Brodeur played in his first NHL game. Since then (pre game stats) he has notched 651 victories while playing in 1,186 games. Add 118 (wow!) shut outs, all 3 of these NHL records, and you have a solid, Hall of Fame, career. He was the difference in this game, stopping some where around 38 shots, as the Hawks lost in a shoot out, in New Jersey, 2 - 1. Brodeur (26-21-4) went up against Crawford (27-17-5) at the Prudential center on Tuesday night. Crawford played well for the Hawks, Brodeur was just better.
The game marked the return of Steve Montador, out since Feb. 7 (concussion). The usual D man was played on the wing, as the Hawks dressed 7 defense men for the game. (Hjalmarsson, Seabrook, Leddy, Olsen, Oduya, & O’Donnell) The rest of the lines were, as have been, lately. Hutton was the back up goalie (second time in as many weeks). Emery was out (upper body?)
In the first period, it was all Devils. I mean really all. The Hawks could barely get the puck across center ice for the first 8 minutes and had NO scring chances at all. !0 minutes in, Mayers tested Brodeur and it was all Brodeur from then on. The Hawks had a failed Power Play—New Jersey #1 in the PK at almost 90%. The Devils also lead the NHL in short handed goals, proving that an aggressive Penalty Kill is the way to go. The Hawks went on the PK next and Sykora scored on a nice redirect in front. The period ended with the score 1 - 0 Devils. The Hawks surprisingly out shot them 13 - 11.
There was great action both ways in the 2nd period, with the Hawks having the edge. The hawks has a successful Penalty Kill around half way in. Then, the “missed opportunity” of the game occurred. The Hawks had a 68 second, 5 on 3 chance, that went by the wayside. On all of these PP’s so far, I can barely remember any shots on goal. The Hawks did end upo out shooting the devils 10 - 4 for the period. (23 - 15 for the game).
Hossa had a pretty lousy game, passing and making decisions wise. The 3rd period had more BIG saves by Brodeur, as the Hawks controlled a lot of the action. Then at 8:34, Seabrook cranked a slap shot - he needs to do this more - and lit the lamp. Game tied at 1 - 1. The Hawks had a Power Play chance with a little over 2 minutes left in the game. this, however, was negated by a Hossa penalty with 45 seconds left. It would carry over into Overtime as neither team scored.
The OT began with a 4 on 3 advantage for the home team, for a little over a minute. The Hawks, with help from Crawford, held them off. It was an exciting, but score less, none the less, OT,
New Jersey shot first. The first 2 rounds went to the goalies. Elias scored for the Devils & Sharp answered back. In the 5th round, Zajac scored and Shaw hit the post. Game over. The Hawks get the 1 point and with only 5 games left in a tight race, all are welcome.
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