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Martin Brodeur hits playoff high

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Martin Brodeur hits playoff high

Post  Mad Clint on 2009-04-24, 20:55



Win over 'Canes one of Brodeur's best ever

The edge of my seat got a lot of use Thursday night watching Martin Brodeur battle Cam Ward in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The 1-0 New Jersey win provided a rousing argument that low-scoring games can be more than a little exciting. The question posed in several quarters was the Game 5 win, in which Brodeur made 44 saves -- tying Patrick Roy for the most shutouts in Stanley Cup history (23) -- the best of his Stanley Cup Playoffs career.

Let's say it's in the Top 10 in Brodeur's illustrious career. Perhaps Brodeur's greatest playoff effort came in a loss back in 1994, when he and Dominik Hasek were brilliant in a quadruple overtime game that ended in a 1-0 win for the Buffalo Sabres. Brodeur made 49 saves in that one, but Thursday's 44 stops were the most in a regulation playoff win.

In 1995, Brodeur also recorded memorable wins in the Stanley Cup Final as the Devils swept the heavily favored Red Wings. The 2000 Final saw Brodeur best Ed Belfour in six games, with Brodeur winning in overtime in the Cup clincher. The 2003 Final started as a cakewalk for New Jersey, but soon became a nailbiter as the Anaheim Ducks pushed the series to the distance, with Brodeur pitching a shutout in the decisive seventh game.

All great efforts, but you could see Brodeur was really in the zone for this game. He took his game up another level, knowing the Devils had to have this one to avoid a potential elimination game Sunday in Carolina.
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