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Martin Brodeur set to play in his 10th career Game 7

Apr 25, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

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When the Devils face the Panthers on Thursday in Game 7 of their first round series, it’ll be a familiar place for legendary goalie Martin Brodeur.

No, not playing in Sunrise, Florida but playing in a seventh game. As Rich Chere from The Star-Ledger makes note, Brodeur has played in nine previous Game 7s in his career, winning five of them.

Brodeur’s last appearance in a Game 7 didn’t go too well losing to Carolina in 2009 after allowing the game-tying goal to Jussi Jokinen with 1:20 left in the third and the game-winner to Eric Staal with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

Safe to say the Devils are hoping this turn against a Southeast Division team goes a bit more smoothly than that. As for Brodeur’s history in Game 7s, here’s a brief once-over.

2008-2009: (L 4-3) Carolina – first round; Jussi Jokinen scores with 1:20 left to tie, Eric Staal with 32 seconds left to win
2002-2003: (W 3-2) Ottawa – Eastern Conference finals; 24 saves, sends New Jersey to Stanley Cup finals
2002-2003: (W 3-0) Anaheim – Stanley Cup finals; 24 save shutout to win Stanley Cup yet somehow not the Conn Smythe (Jean-Sebastien Giguere got that in a losing effort)
2000-2001: (W 5-1) Toronto – second round; 15 saves to beat the Leafs.
2000-2001: (L 3-1) Colorado – Stanley Cup finals; 19 saves losing to Ray Bourque and Patrick Roy.
1999-2000: (W 2-1) Philadelphia – Eastern Conference finals; 26 saves beating Brian Boucher.
1998-1999: (L 4-2) Pittsburgh – first round; Nine saves on 13 shots as Martin Straka had three points.
1993-1994: (W 2-1) Buffalo – first round; 17 saves, beats Dominik Hasek who stopped 44 shots.
1993-1994: (L 2-1 in 2OT) New York Rangers – Eastern Conference finals; 46 saves but succumbs to Stephane Matteau’s signature moment in the NHL ends the game.

  1. martysbetter - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    In these types of games I’m glad we have a 39 year old storied veteran between the pipes, I’m already nervous/excited for this one. GO DEVILS!

  2. quonce - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Wow, some great memories there (2003), and some heartbreaks as well (2001).

    Giguere may have the conn smythe hardware from 2003, but everyone knows who the playoff MVP was.

    3 shutouts in the Stanley Cup final, including the game 7, and if I recall correctly, the other non shutout devils win was in OT.

    Marti broke and still holds the record for most shutouts in a Stanley cup playoff with 7. again almost half of those, 3, came in the Finals!

    7 of the 16 wins were shutouts and oh by the way, he was the only Goaltender with 16 wins that postseason, which is all that counts.
    Marti was Conn Smythe in 2003, no matter who stole the trophy.

    • BarberPoleBlog - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Giguere was the better goalie through four rounds.

      Yeah, it was fun for NJ fans seeing their team pick up those 16 wins. But I remember after the Devils took a 2-0 series lead in the final, EVERYONE else was talking about how it was the most boring start to the finals in living memory. Things only started to heat up when the series shifted to Anaheim and the Ducks got in a couple of OT wins.

      Brodeur’s shutouts and 16 wins are very much a team accomplishment. Giguere’s performance was far more deserving of an individual accolade.

      • mj2sexay - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Lol. Please. Giguere winning the Conn Smyth was an absolute heist. It was Marty’s award and it was taken from him.

      • brian32556 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        A jury of your peers says you are wrong. Giggy! Giggy!

  3. phinfan527 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Hope the Caps and Sens win. That gives the Devs home ice vs the Caps in a 6 vs 7 matchup. Go and finish the job you started Marty!! Devs win 4-1.

  4. mrpigs - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    “fatso forgot to shake my hand…”

  5. quonce - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM


  6. brian32556 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Goodbye Marty! Your days are done! Pull him in the 2nd.

  7. stakex - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The best game on that list is still the 1994 Rangers/Devils game.

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