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Marty’s last stand? Brodeur to face Rangers at MSG for potentially final time

Dec 7, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur have been bitter rivals with the New York Rangers since their incredible seven-game battle in the 1994 Eastern Conference Final. That series ended with the Rangers taking out the Devils on home ice at Madison Square Garden and going on to win the Stanley Cup.

Now, 20 seasons later, Brodeur is getting the start tonight and it could be his final game at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” With Brodeur on the final year of his contract and talking about possibly retiring at the end of the season, this could be the last time his shadow sees MSG.

Brodeur’s career against the Rangers has seen him face the cross-river rivals 98 times in the regular season and coming away with 48 wins. He only has more wins against the Islanders and Flyers in his career. Having to deal with Henrik Lundqvist on the other side of the ice has likely cut into that a bit over the past nine seasons.

These two teams will face each other two more times after tonight —  Yankee Stadium as part of the Stadium Series in January and in March at Prudential Center in Newark. Brodeur would love to send the Rangers faithful home cursing his name rather than chanting it.

  1. ash0war - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Awe hope he gets a shutout!

  2. 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I recall that Marty winning that Game 5 in 2012. Chant away you blue shirt fools!

  3. martysbetter - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Can he stick around for another 20 years?

    Not sure Schneider is going to want to play in Jersey for very long based on the team we have in front of him currently..

  4. 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Schneider isn’t what I expected. He gives up too many blind rebounds. Stops play too often. He’s terrible playing the puck. If this is his prime, I’m sure we can find another at the price he’ll be asking.

  5. mikedoc315 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    As a Flyers fan I wish Marty well in life after hockey,I know whenever we had to play the devils and Marty was starting you knew it would be a low scoring affair. Marty you have ruined many a day for me as a Flyers fan,but all along we knew you were the best and if we wanted to win you better hope that Marty is having a bad day. Glad to have been around to see your talents,Good luck in all you do

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