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Don’t worry, Martin Brodeur has plenty of hate for the Rangers

May 10, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur AP

The Devils don’t know if they’re facing the Capitals or Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals yet, which means story lines have yet to be drawn up. One thing to keep in mind though, if you’re worried about Martin Brodeur having focus against their rivals from New York, think again.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice spoke with Brodeur about the Rangers and finds out that his dislike of the team dates back to the 1992 playoffs when he played backup to current Devils goalie coach Chris Terreri.

“I was part of the whole seven games,” Brodeur said. “I was on the bench. I was in the locker room. I got to hate the Rangers early on, got the taste of it. And all (this) year with what happened and all the new faces, we’ve got a little bit of that feeling.”

If a potential Rangers-Devils series happens this year and takes on any of the feelings of that 1992 series, we”ll get to see Brodeur throw down with a Blueshirts forward the way he did with Joey Kocur back in the day. It’s almost too bad Sean Avery isn’t around anymore, that’s a match-up made in Hollywood just with more fat jokes.

  1. martysbetter - May 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I really don’t want to face the Rangers.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of them – I think it will be a hard fought series and the NY/NJ rivalry makes a great story.

    But I still have nightmares of the game earlier in the season where these two teams had 28 shots on goal TOTAL.

    It was the most agonizingly boring hockey game I’ve seen in a longgggg time, all due respect but the Rangers are PAINFULLY frustrating and boring to watch — I haven’t watched any of the Rangers/Caps series but from what I’ve read it seems like the Caps have adopted this system as well, so maybe we’re doomed to witness a mediocre ECF either way..

    • underthefish - May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      my god yes I totally forgot about that. The Rangers defense is so stingy that the game comes to a freaking crawl on both sides. Hopefully the outrageous forecheck from the Philly series will break that open. But god were some of those regular season games painful to watch. If that happened in the Conference Finals it would validate all the “lol boring hurr hurr” comments.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Must have just BURNED Marty to no end to have Messier guarantee victory and then score twice on him

  3. vindicatus - May 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Must have just BURNED Rangers fans to win 1 Stanely Cup in 50+ seasons when the Devils won 3 in 8.

    • braveviper - May 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Lets say the Devils pull it off this year,where will the victory parade be held this time?Newark?Trenton?Or the parking lot again…..

  4. RexCanCoach - May 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Please dear Lord let the Rangers make the next round. This would setup as a NICE payback by the Devils to eliminate the phony Strangers and their overrated goalie.

    The Rang-uhs winning the Cup in ’94 was the best thing to happen to them, but as it turned out, it was also the best thing to happen to the Devils. No NHL team was hungrier than the ’95 Devils, beating Cam Neely’s Bruins, Jagr’s Penguins, Lindros’ Flyers and sweeping Federov’s Red Wings for their 1st Cup. Best part is unlike the Rangers that were fat and happy after ’94, the Devils played in 3 more Cup finals winning 2 of them.

    Nothing left to prove the Devils have a superior organization and history vs. the Rangers. But wouldn’t it be nice to see the Devils pound them this year?

    • wsiegeldpm - May 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      How can a hockey team be “phony?” Do they PRETEND to win games? What is it that you ACTUALLY dislike about them?

  5. stevefromsacto - May 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    That’s right, keep overlooking the Caps!

    Game One of the conference finals will be in Jersey next week. You heard it here first.

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