Goaltender Martin Brodeur was once thought of being as good as traded last week during a busy trade deadline, but now that he is still with the New Jersey Devils, he is making the most of it.
He showed signs of the old Brodeur when he took on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. In a crucial game that could mean everything to the playoff standings, Brodeur put up a gem. He stopped 31 of 32 shots, most of which were in the final two periods. He made a few saves that he shouldn’t have. Nicklas Grossman was looking for his second goal of the night, but was absolutely robbed by Brodeur, who somehow saw the puck through a heavy screen to make the glove save. The play was so good, it even made the ESPN Top 10.
This was the kind of play fans saw from Brodeur earlier in the season. When he allowed two goals in four games, it looked like the Devils had the best one-two punch in net in the league.
Since the end of the Olympic break, goaltending has not been the Devils’ strong suit. Before this game, the team had allowed 21 goals in the last six games. Even with that stat, the team has won five of their last seven in an extremely tight Metropolitan Division.
These were the types of performances Devils fans missed. They were so used to watching Brodeur take over games single-handedly when his team needed him most. He truly turned back the clock on Tuesday night. This is the guy coach Peter DeBoer needs to see to give him the playing time he wants.
He has so far proven that he is worthy of more time, especially with starter Cory Schneider struggling. It looks like he is going to get what he wanted in the same place where he has spent his entire career.