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.