Is Martin Brodeur Finally Ready For New Jersey Devils After Short Preseason?

By Nick Villano
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils played a terrible first period in Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins.

After that, Martin Brodeur was perfect. That can be attributed to the fact that the Bruins let off the gas. The shot chart doesn’t really say that, though. It may have been attributed to the fact that they had 12 minutes of penalties in the final two periods. That has something to do with it, but they still got some chances beyond that.

The truth is the defense and the goalie held it together after an atrocious first period. The team looked at the mistakes and they looked all too familiar. The defense being out of position caused two of the three goals. The other was a powerplay goal that went in off a defender.

That all changed after the first intermission. The defense was solid the rest of the way. Marek Zidlicky scored the game-tying goal and Andy Greene scored the game winner. They were no doubt the best part of those two periods.

Brodeur has to get some credit, though. He made two huge saves in the third period. He stopped a shot right in front of him by David Krejci in the beginning of the period, and a big save on a one timer against Milan Lucic that could have ended any chance the Devils thought they had. He showed why he is still a good starting goalie in this league. Does he have rust he needs to shake off? Yes, of course, but if he can put a whole game together like the last two periods of Saturday’s game then the legit one-two punch the fans thought they had coming into the season will finally be ready.

Many forgot that Brodeur had to deal with the death of his father this preseason and was not there the whole time. He seems like he is finally in regular season shape.

If they can get that combination going, Brodeur and Cory Schneider, then this season will turn around quickly. They are somehow only three points out of the second spot in the division. The teams in the Metropolitan division kept them in the race while this team gelled. If Saturday put it all together for this team, then they could go on a tear and go from forgotten to favorite to make the playoffs in the span of two weeks.

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