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Devils pull Hedberg midway through second period

Mar 5, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 6, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(December 5, 2010 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

On Monday night, the New Jersey Devils openly worried about Johan Hedberg‘s confidence. It turns out their concerns were justified.

The 39-year-old has been pretty brutal at times during Martin Brodeur‘s injured stretch, but Tuesday might be the worst night yet. He was pulled about 33 minutes into tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after allowing three goals on just 11 shots.

Before this poorly timed six-game slump, Hedberg has been a suitable backup for Brodeur, sometimes even putting up better numbers. He started 2013 hot with just two goals allowed in his first three games, but now he’s 0-4-1 (possibly 0-5-1 if New Jersey doesn’t come back) in his last six contests.

With Brodeur, 40, needing a little more time to heal, 23-year-old goalie Keith Kincaid is seeing his first bit of NHL action tonight.

All he has to do is face the high-flying (and probably angry) Tampa Bay Lightning offense out of the blue. No pressure, kid.

Update: The Devils ended up losing 5-2. The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti reports that Brodeur isn’t ready to return, so the plan is to give Hedberg a chance to redeem himself on Thursday.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Let me guess, 5-hole? He was pretty brutal against the Leafs last night with those shots between the legs.

  2. mpg44 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Not the five hole. Out of position , struggling to get back into position , and a lot of goals scored while he is on his stomach. Just don’t understand how square the shooter seems to be too complicated for him. As for the decision to play the kid , it’s about time Deboer actually did something!! It’s not a new concept to spark the team to play better by pulling your goalie. And calling Jansen up from Albany is NOT an answer to offensive problems!!

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Devils are in trouble

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