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Brodeur shuts out Rangers (with some late controversy)

Feb 7, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

All of a sudden, Martin Brodeur is starting to look like the future Hall of Famer whose greatest criticisms are that he gets a little lucky.

Brodeur picked up a 30-save 1-0 shutout against the New York Rangers tonight, earning his fourth win in a row and pushing the New Jersey Devils to fifth in the East in the process. Brodeur was especially strong in the third period when the Rangers held a ridiculous 15-1 shot advantage.

As you can see from the highlights below, he got a little lucky – especially with a disallowed goal in the waning moments of the game and a friendly post earlier in the night – but he was also an undeniable-difference maker. (You know, like the guy who’s an obvious Hall of Famer.)

source: AP(What do you think: did officials make the right call in waiving off the goal because of Marian Gaborik‘s interference? Let us know in the comments.)

Brodeur has allowed eight goals on his four-game winning streak, moving his season record to 18-12-2. His individual numbers still leave plenty to be desired (.899 save percentage; 2.67 GAA), but with the Devils still in position to make noise, it’s all about what he does going forward.

For the first time in a long time, there’s reason to believe that Brodeur can get the job done. To little surprise, the Devils are looking as dangerous as they’ve looked in years as well.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Bad call. He was certainly pushing into contact, therefore it is a goal.

  2. kotteintheslot - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Hate the Rangers, hate the call, but if it were the other way around they would have made the same call. Goalies always get the benefit of the doubt.

    • barkar942 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Goalies do not get the benefit of the doubt. Numerous calls so far this year where the goalie ends up on the bottom of the pile because their own defense man pushes the offensive player into their own goalie. Gaborik is making snow three feet in front of Brodeur, and Volchenkov forces him on top of Brodeur.
      The rest of the game, the Devils defended well positionally, and Marty was by far the star of the game, making the big saves when needed and puck handling well.
      Rangers came out flat for the first 10 minutes and probably didn’t register a single hit. If you ain’t hitting people, you ain’t gonna win if you are the Rangers. The first ten minutes of the game looked like the Rangers were having figure skating pirouettes practice in their own end instead of taking the body to take the Devils off the puck. So, if they hadn’t come out flat, perhaps no one would be talking about the disallowed goal!
      (p.s.- glad to see Kovy actually trying to earn some of his overpaid salary.)

      • kotteintheslot - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        and when the defense pushes the offensive player into the goalie they waive off the goal. its a joke how quick the refs jump to call incidental contact on practically nothing. even if the goalie is way out of his crease being overly aggressive or the offensive player does everything in his power to get out of the way the goalie gets the call.

  3. wryder2k12 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    I can see the argument, but he clearly made a late effort to stop, knowing he would make contact, he definitely wasn’t going to get a stick on the puck that’s for sure. MTL scored a goal against the devils in the first period of their last meeting while Broduer was crushed under a Habs player, the goal counted because he was pushed down. If you watch both situations you can see where the difference is in the ruling.

    • lasapien - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      How can you say he made a “late effort?” Snow was shooting up before he was two feet from the edge of the crease…

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    In real time it doesn’t look like much of a push, and the ref doesn’t get the benefit of slo-mo replays from every angle. It’s borderline but if I was the ref I would’ve called it the same way.

  5. brian32556 - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    I’m a big Ranger’s fan and although I saw the push, I can’t argue with disallowing the goal. BUT I do argue with the penalty which moved the faceoff to the other end and denied any last chance in what would have been 4.5 seconds.

  6. highpowered350 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

  7. nikolainyr - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Brutal call.
    Gaborik was plowing to a stop 5 feet before Brodeur. He was angling way to the right of Marty. Volchenkov clearly pushes and gets a stick in his skates carrying him into Brodeur.
    Point stolen from Rangers

  8. stakex - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Certainly a bad call be the refs. I understand they don’t get the benefit of replay, and have to make the call in real time… but when it comes to taking a point away from a team like this, they should error on the side of caution.

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