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.