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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, It’s difficult to really ascertain who begat who.
Did Lou Lamoriello make Martin Brodeur, or did Brodeur make Lamoriello? Did Brodeur become the game’s greatest goalie because he became part of Lamoriello’s New Jersey Devils, or has Lamoriello already taken up residency in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he had the best between the pipes for so many years?
This much is certain. Both men, together through years of glory, and then through the last nine years of trying to figure out why they couldn’t win again before arriving, surprisingly, in this Stanley Cup final against the similarly surprising Los Angeles Kings, remain as firmly connected as ever.
Their careers and hockey destinies haven’t just intersected or become intertwined; they have been nearly fused for 20 years. Players and coaches have come and gone, and then come back again (the Devil you know ...) in some cases.
The goalie and the GM, however, have remained like stone pillars.
BEST OF MAXIM
In the days leading up to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Devils and Kings, much was made of the matchup in net between New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick.
The battle was touted as a clash between the league's aging old guard, the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Brodeur, and its newest goaltending sensation, the 26-year-old Quick...
It would be the storybook finish. Martin Brodeur, arguably the greatest goalie of all time, going out on top with a fourth Stanley Cup hoisted high above his head. It worked for future hall of famer Mark Recchi last year and Ray Bourque more than a decade ago. But it's still a rarity for one of the game's true greats to go out on their terms at the top of their game. So with...
Though the New Jersey Devils don't play today and haven't for the last few days, there have been some interesting news pieces floating around. Today, I'll touch on them.
- Martin Brodeur told TSN what we all expected yesterday: that he is leaning towards playing another season regardless of what happens in this series. Brodeur has shown throughout the season and playoffs...
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with teammate Ilya Kovalchuk
An unlikely stage is set for this year’s Stanley Cup as two long shots will face off for a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. The New Jersey Devils take on the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s final as 6th and 8th seeds, respectively.
It’s the fifth trip for the Devils in their team history, coming away as champions...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, At this stage, the inner child comes out in nearly every hockey player and coach.
New Jersey Devils icon Martin Brodeur sounded like an excited teenager, not a seen-it-all 40-year-old goaltender Tuesday at media day for the Stanley Cup Final before their series against the Kings. You might have thought it was his first Final, not his fifth.
Perhaps the most intriguing Stanley Cup Final storyline is the goaltending. While Martin Brodeur is a grizzled veteran getting set for his 200th career playoff game on Wednesday, Jonathan Quick will have just 27 postseason contests under his belt. Clearly, Brodeur -- who also has nine All-Star Game selections and three Stanley Cups to his credit -- has the superior resume and the...
Last summer, the New Jersey Devils and Peter DeBoer were something of kindred spirits.
One was a successful franchise down on its luck after missing the playoffs for just the third time in 22 years. The other was an out-of-work head coach with a dreary outlook after being fired from his first NHL job.
So it seemed befitting that the pair would find each other, and the relationship...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Kings (12-2) @ Devils (12-6)
Road/Home records*- 8-0 -------------- 6-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 0-0
Projected starting goalies - Jonathan Quick (LA) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
Los Angeles - 2.93 / 1.57
New Jersey - 2.83 / 2.33
NEWARK, N.J. -- As he skated in all alone on a breakaway attempt, Anze Kopitar recalled the last two times he faced legendary goalkeeper Martin Brodeur in a shootout -- and failed. "It goes back the last couple of years," said Kopitar, the Los Angeles Kings center who won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a goal against Brodeur at 8:13 of the first overtime Wednesday...
“I’m really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens in this series, I think we made a great step last year at the end of the year and through this year to have a really good team and a good coaching staff together and it’s fun. To me, it’s all about having fun coming to the rink. I know a lot of people say it’s great to retire on top, but at the end of the day, when I’m...
Game 1 went to overtime and the game winner was scored by a center just trying to keep his team in the game.
Anze Kopitar found himself with the puck after a pass from Justin Williams and nothing but clear ice and New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur.
Kopitar deked Broudeur and put the biscuit in the basket giving his L.A Kings a 2-1 overtime win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of...
By Lars Lewis
The New Jersey Devils, a team who walked through hell (well come to think of it, doesn’t sound so new for a devil) to get to the Final, and the Los Angeles Kings, who have created a Hollywood script for the ages, meet tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8PM on NBC.
Both teams took very different paths during the regular season, the Devils being criminally...