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Martin Brodeur is all about loving the offense

May 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

Martin Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr Getty Images

Let’s face it, whenever you hear about the Devils you’re never really thinking about a potent offense. Fair or not, it’s just the stigma that goes along with the team thanks to their past.

That said, this year’s Devils team is different and Martin Brodeur couldn’t be more excited about his team’s offense, especially when they’re able to make his job that much easier. Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice hears it from Brodeur about his new found love of offense.

“The more we keep the puck in their zone, the more we’re taking shots on them, the less they’re going to have an opportunity against us,” Brodeur said. “But when they do (have an opportunity), we have a lot of good back pressure from our forwards just because we’re working hard. We’re gambling sometimes offensively, but we’re coming back five guys together and putting a lot of pressure on them to make good plays to beat us and it’s been working out good.”

If you found someone who had been under a rock all year and missed out on how these Devils play, hearing Brodeur wax poetic about New Jersey’s offense might scare them back into hiding. Having the offense help the defense is a new thing entirely it seems.

While the other Eastern Conference series might be lacking in offensive pressure and scoring chances, the Devils are doing their part to shake off an old, ugly image.

  1. tackledummy1505 - May 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Lol yeah okay, what image is that? They still employ the trap, they still clutch and grab in the neutral zone, and oh yeah they complain about being interfered when our guy is in his rightful place. But oh yeah they’re shaking off an old image. Lol guess you have to write about something. Hope the Flyers rally tonight and just hit, hit and more hit.

    • martysbetter - May 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Ah yes, there’s that cro-mag Philly mentality – something isn’t working? Ugh, Ugh, Just hit it a few times – still not working? Yell, boo, and throw batteries.

      • wicky888 - May 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        LOL I’m a Flyers fan, but that was funny

    • ydj1120 - May 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Please tell me how exactly the trap works. Surely you aren’t speaking of the neutral zone trap employed by the Devils during some of their previous cup-winning seasons. I honestly think you just regurgitate nonsense that you have heard other people say, because if you knew the slightest bit about the game of hockey in general or have ever played on a real team that employs a system, you would know that the Devils do not play a neutral zone trap. A 2-1-2 forecheck is not a trap. You just sound ignorant.

      • renberg19 - May 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Actually, New Jersey has been running a 1-2-2 trap for the majority of the series. I am a collegiate scout for Boston University and it saddens me to see you call someone ignorant (ydj1120), when you yourself are actually incorrect. I believe that my good friend Pierre actually mentioned New Jersey’s 1-2-2 trap at about the 7:18 mark of the 3rd period during game 5.

      • ydj1120 - May 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Renberg – I think you need to watch the game tonight and see how many players go in with the puck when it is dumped in. Using Pierre’s in-game commentary as your proof that the Devils are using a 1-2-2 holds no weight because I believe Pierre knows less than tackle dummy here. On another note, I don’t recall Pierre making that comment because Game 5 hasn’t been played yet. One also might imagine that toward the end of a game attempting to protect a lead a 2-1-2 team might switch to a 1-2-2, if indeed that is what happened.

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        renberg. you are correct, they fall into a defensive neutral zone scheme with a lead in the 3rd period, as every team in the nhl does. they however are dominating the flyers on their forecheck and 5 on 5. you should be able to see the battles being won on every shift by the devils in both zones. the agressiveness in the offensive zone is making it pretty easy for the devils in the neutral zone. the flyers dont seem to have the puck moving defenseman to gain the red line, so when they do get an opportunity to exit their zone, they are trying to stretch it out or let a forward carry it in and that just isnt cutting it. blame laviolette, he just isnt getting it.

      • renberg19 - May 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        ydj1120 – I’m sorry, I meant to write game 4. Also, I’m not using Pierre as my proof – I’m using him as another reference. I saw a 1-2-2 trap. Pierre saw the same. You saw a 2-1-2 forecheck. I’m going to believe Pierre’s credentials as well as my own, over yours – sorry. But I’m happy to hear yours? What are they?

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        i can hide behind the internet and claim to be whoever i want to also, but i dont…if you want to stick by your story then go ahead. i dont see how you see a trap when the devils have the puck in the offensive zone all game with 3 guys in on a cycle. if you want to call the prevent defense at the end of the game a trap the go ahead, but they arent doing anything different than anyone else in the league does.

      • Lou Lamoriello - May 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Pierre knows nothing of this sport, or of my team. If that’s your “reference,” your argument is invalid by default.

        Besides, we don’t use the Trap anymore, we dump and chase. I am a GM in the NHL, and it saddens me to see someone as ignorant as you scouting for a good University hockey team.

    • bergencountyjc - May 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      This is the first time I’ve ever deemed this worthy with using in conversation…U MAD BRO?

    • devlnri - May 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      You obviously dont watch the games and it appears you have an issue reading and comprehending. Dont worry flyer fan…your summer starts soon. Answer your phone..its summer calling…They sure are exposing what kind of fraud the Flyers are…

  2. phinfan527 - May 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Hit and hit and get penalties!! It’s over tonight. Surprised there aren’t as many fights considering that is all the Flyer franchise is known for.

  3. quonce - May 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    yjd is right. It’s the forecheck that is making all the difference. The trap has been dead since the lockout. The bluelines moved closer to the center line was the death sentence to that system.

    This is a simple 2-1-2 forecheck (think full court press in basketball, or 3/4 court press really) that has filthy on their heels.

    Hardly any obstruction calls on NJ in this series. of course a couple, but that’s hockey. This isn’t the 2000 devils, this isn’t the 1995 devils. Not even close.

    Ignorance and lack basic hockey playing knowledge when it comes to tying the trap to todays devils. Stick to your armchairs commenters!

    And here is to another Joe Yerdon Devils article! Keep them coming brother!

  4. vindicatus - May 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Tackledummy? Is that you, Laviolette? No wonder the Flyers have no answer to the relentless forechecking.

    LET’S GO DEVILS! Take out the trash tonight! Gonna have to fumigate the Rock before the ECF.

  5. tackledummy1505 - May 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Lol you Flyer haters are so funny. If they play a 2-1-2 forecheck, why is only one guy going and pressuring the puck in our zone. Lol try and try again to make excuses for your sorry play and the illegal grabbing that your team is so notorious for. Brodeur is one of the biggest babies in the NHL and all he had to do was cry to the NHL to get his way. Awe that’s cute and when I say hit of course you intelligent people knew I was talking about checking. Jesus what type of school system do you have in Jersey? Or can you get your GED at your local Walmart lol. Keep hating the Flyers. If we do turn this around and I believe we have the talent to do so, you all will be complaining of the dirty play of the Flyers. It’s absolutely funny that Giroux gets suspended for his actions and all of a sudden Rule 48 is now being used. Lol when there has been plenty of Flyers’ heads hit or targeted by other teams, but now all of a sudden Rule 48 is being implied. Lol funny thing is if you look at the replay he hits Zubrus’ body and skins his head. You can see there was no whip lash by his head and he dropped like someone shot him. Yet when he skated to bench he didn’t have anyone look at him, he didn’t go back to the dressing room and he didn’t miss any ice time. The Flyers don’t play dirty and we don’t intend to injure. Good luck Devils, cause I remember a past where you were down to us 3-1 and you ended up winning the cup that year.

    • jpelle82 - May 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      what are you watching? the devils are aggressively forechecking all game long with 2 or 3 guys in after it every time. there isnt any grabbing, or phantom obstruction that you seem to have created in your head. you do understand the idea of off-sides right? you do know that guys have to stop at the blue line if the puck isnt in the zone yet right? the flyers arent gaining the red line and when they do dump it they are getting beat by the defensemen in the corners or marty is just shoveling it away from them. its a matter of losing battles all over the ice, flyers are just getting beat

  6. flyerfan48 - May 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    tackledummy, you couldn’t say it any better. The Flyers are certainly not a dirty team. They don’t even have the mosts fights, or hits in the NHL. Please correct me if I am wrong, but don’t the devils have more Fights than the Flyers. They do play a trap-like system, but they play as a 5 man team. They move with each other all the time. The Flyers on the other hand, do not.

    To make my point clear, Flyers are not a dirty team. The Devils play a 1-2-2 trap, but have a great forechecking offense. And the Flyers can come back. They need spirit, will, and Bryzly Bear.

  7. mungman69 - May 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Flyers still have class. Devil fans are just blind.

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