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Brodeur: Rangers’ shot-blocking “in people’s heads”

May 15, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

Rangers Shot Block

You could sense Martin Brodeur was frustrated after the Rangers blocked 26 shots in Monday’s 3-0 Game 1 victory.

When a reporter asked Brodeur what he thought of Henrik Lundqvist‘s performance, he replied “I saw him [only] about 10 minutes of the game because there were so many Ranger players in front of him.”

Zing.

Today Brodeur was back talking blocked shots, though his analysis was a little more analytical.

“Whatever brings success is what you need to do,” he said of New York’s ability to block shots. “I know it’s probably not the most exciting brand of hockey. But it’s really effective.

“And, again, they got it in people’s heads by doing what they’re doing, and they’re tough to play against because of that.”

Brodeur’s got a point. Remember the Mike Green-Roman Hamrlik hot potato routine during Game 7 of the Rangers-Caps series?

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You can call it patience on the part of Washington, sure, but there’s also the part where New York directly alters the course of action. Green is a shooter — he once scored 31 goals in a season and had three seasons of 200-plus shots — but was hesitant to pull the trigger against the Rangers.

And if you’re wondering why the Rangers’ shot blocking is in opponent’s heads, consider this — it’s in their own heads.

“That’s the identity of our team. And everyone’s buying into it. And it’s kind of our defensive philosophy,” Dan Girardi explained. “When we’re in our own end, we want to keep everything tight, and once we get to the point we like to get in shot lanes and try to prevent shots that way. And when there’s a breakdown, guys are diving in front of shots and I think it’s our game now.

“Everyone’s just doing it and no one’s really thinking about it. It’s kind of our first reaction.”

  1. rpiotr01 - May 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I have all the respect in the world for Marty and what he’s done in his career, but talk about the pot calling the kettle black! How can he talk crap about lack of excitement in a system when he benefited from the Devils’ awful trap system for a full 10 years of his career, and got 3 Cups out of it? You’d think all those Devils teams were like LeFleur’s Canadiens, the way he talks. At least the Rangers don’t clutch and grab like Brodeur’s old teams used to do.

    • brian32556 - May 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Here! Here!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      I would like to thank the communist hockey organization from jersey for participating in the EASTERN FINALS ,see ya next year !

  2. dabutcha114 - May 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Look at Marty, he is old and fat so he has to make excuses for himself. Rangers will bury him into retirement after this series goes 5.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Did he just say ” I know its probably not the most exciting brand of hockey ” f-off d bag !

  4. mclovinhockey - May 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I was going to make a comment about what everyone else is saying but no need cause no way in hell Marty can talk about exciting hockey.

  5. jmar65 - May 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    OH, and the devils left wing lock was great hockey to watch back when they won there cups NOT !!!!!!

  6. jmar65 - May 16, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    It was like watching paint dry !

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