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Martin Brodeur pulled after two periods, six goals at Yankee Stadium

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Brodeur gave up six goals in two periods on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Brodeur gave up six goals in two periods on Sunday. (Getty Images)

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After giving up six goals in the first two periods on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, the New Jersey Devils benched Martin Brodeur and turned to Cory Schneider in the bullpen to start the third period.

It was just not Brodeur's day. He seemed to be fighting the puck from the opening faceoff, giving up a bad goal late in the first period that seemed to turn the Devils' day south. Still, the Devils stuck with Brodeur through the entire second period when the Rangers scored four goals and took a 6-3 lead into the final period.

Coach Peter DeBoer elected to start Brodeur, calling it an "easy decision" given Martin's terrific history and the unique stage at Yankee Stadium as part of the Stadium Series. But as the second period went along, the question became a matter of when, not if, Brodeur would be pulled.

DeBoer waited until the intermission to make the change probably as much for the sake of Schneider as much as anything else. With temperatures well below freezing in New York, Schneider would have entered the game cold both literally and figuratively. At least he had a chance to warm up and get losse at the intermission.

The six goals scored by the Rangers was the most they have ever scored against Brodeur's Devils.

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