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Has Brodeur lost his bite?

Posted on: April 20, 2010 10:52 pm
 
By Erin Brown

Martin Brodeur is one win away from his 100th career playoff victory. With the way he and the New Jersey Devils are playing, the milestone may have to wait another year.

The Devils trail the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, and one has to wonder if the future hall-of-famer has lost his effectiveness in pressure situations.

Since leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 2003, Brodeur is just 15-22 in playoff games. The Devils have not advanced past the conference semifinals. During the 2003 Cup run, the all-time shutouts leader whitewashed opponents seven times. Since then, he's recorded only three.

This postseason seems to be in line with the trend. His .885 save percentage through four games is the worst since 1999 and his goals-against average (2.98) is hovering around three for the second time in four years.

It hasn't helped that the Devils have been held to two or fewer goals in all but one game this series. But in all the years New Jersey dominated the postseason, they were never regarded as a high-scoring team. Brodeur filled the gap, keeping games within reach. His highlight-reel performances carried the team.

Shouldering such a workload at age 37 may finally be getting to the netminder.

Comments

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:57 am
 

Has Brodeur lost his bite?

You have to score more than 1 goal to win hockey games. New Jersey's boring clutch and grab trapping team can't score points.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Has Brodeur lost his bite?

Statistics aside... have you even been watching this series?  Marty has been doing great in net, coming up with some huge saves, and keeping his team in the game.  Unfortunately there is a distrubing lack of offensive display at the other end of the ice.  Parise, Kovulchuck, Elias and Langebrunner in particular - it is absurd that these guys are failing to light up Boucher like they should be.  ZERO even strength goals over two games?  Brodeur can hardly be blamed for that.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2010 10:58 pm
 

Has Brodeur lost his bite?

What is your take on the Brodeur situation? Has he lost his edge, or are the players in front of him to blame for recent postseason struggles? 

We've already seen a number of teams switch goaltenders in these playoffs. Do the Devils need to make a change to spark their team, or is benching Brodeur blasphemy? Who would you start in Game 5?



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