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Fayne says Brodeur dropped his stick on purpose during incredible Game 1 save

May 16, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

Martin Brodeur, Anton Volchenkov AP

Martin Brodeur‘s incredible diving third period save on Marc Staal in Game 1 still has people amazed. After all, seeing a legendary future Hall-of-Fame goalie making a save like the one’s he did in his prime makes for incredible drama. What you may not have known is that there was a bit of legendary influence on it as well.

Devils defenseman Mark Fayne spoke with Danny Picard on his show “I’m Just Sayin'” and tells us about how Brodeur was able to get himself free to dive across the crease (jump to 35:30 mark).

“He told me he dropped his stick on purpose because when you drop your stick you feel free as a goalie where you can just dive and the stick’s not anchoring you down,” Fayne said.

Martin Brodeur taking a nod from Dominik Hasek in his late years? Apparently an old dog can learn new tricks. There’s a reason why Brodeur is still performing as well as he is at age 40.

  1. phillyphan83 - May 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    without Marty, NJ doesn’t make the playoffs. you’re going to miss him NJ, enjoy it while you can, his days are numbered. In my opinion, no other player is more responsible for the flyers not having a cup since the 70s. I will be glad to see him go but will stand and applaud the day he is inducted into the HOF.

    • jkay1818 - May 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      his days are numbered but they dont make the playoffs without him? which is it.

      • polegojim - May 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        jkay – what philllyphan means is Brodeur doesn’t have many years left… but he’s making his last ones count in ridiculously great fashion. With that, the Devils don’t make the playoffs without him.

    • polegojim - May 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Very true – he’s been their best

    • devlnri - May 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      What a great comment. Thank you as a Devils fan, and your right, so many dont understand just what an impact this man has made for that team as well as Hockey, future goaltenders, etc.

  2. chill1184 - May 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I always laugh when everyone else says that the Devils will be done without Marty. So how many of you actually know the Devils, farm system that well to make that call?

    • devlnri - May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      I dont think they will be done, but he raised the franchise to the level its been for 2 decades. They Devils will continue, because he set such a high bar, but he will be sorely missed by the fanbase and team.

  3. jkr3 - May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I don’t see how the devils can get sign a goalie good enough to take them through the playoffs but also keep parise

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