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Brodeur OK with being pulled, blasts ‘worst ice’ he’s ever played on

Jan 26, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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Martin Brodeur only played through two periods before being pulled during Sunday’s 2014 Stadium Series loss, but he still dominated the headlines today.

For one thing, he said that he encouraged New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer to pull him in favor of Cory Schneider, ostensibly so the young netminder could play at Yankee Stadium. The splashier quote comes when he seems to bash the playing conditions more than his play (allowing six goals on just 21 shots in a 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers).

“Worst ice I ever played hockey on,” Brodeur said, according to Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Everything was great … Except for the hockey game.”

Well, at least he likes Jersey Boys.

The 41-year-old seemed to chalk it up to bad bounces, as the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti reports.

“In a game like that, sometimes you know as a goalie, like today, the puck didn’t hit me,” Brodeur said. “It was just one of those days …”

To be fair, Henrik Lundqvist was reportedly critical of the ice, too.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I didn’t realize the bad ice is what caused the Devils to give up odd-man rush after odd-man rush. Boo hoo, Marty. I didn’t hear any complaints about the ice from the Rangers!

    • mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      ha! true. But it did look like bad ice. The pucks were popping around all over the place. But yeah, no excuse. Devils were out of position a lot!

    • drewsylvania - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Probably bad ice. Every single one of these games has had it. Hell, I’m sure Marty knows that the fault lies with his teammates. He’s just blaming the ice for all of it because he won’t throw his team under the bus.

      • cruuuzcontrol - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Then he should just say nothing. But Marty has never had a good sense of knowing when to shut up.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Yeah, not all the goals were his teammate’s fault. He let in some softies. Generally when the other team blows you out, at least SOME fault lies with the goale. Lets face it… Marty is an all time great, but given enough time and space, Nash probably could have put a beach ball behind him yesterday.

  2. imacmanla77 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Rangers are an uptempo speed team now. They adjusted to ice, devils didnt. Marty got start bc they expected him to step up in a HUGE game for two HUGE points, and he didnt. Rangers got a few bounces, but they dominated devils and marty played like crap. Its ok, he has the cups and the records. One bad game wont change that. Schneider should have started. Bad gut call. Creditto blueshirts, if girardi plays like he’s on Rangers instead of Islanders like he did last week, rangers should blow out islanders on any surface. Brodeur, remember, youre supposed to be a class act. Just say “they kicked our ass. Mine too.” Next.

  3. davidmumford - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    He had a bad game but Brodeur chose to simply deflect it to the ice conditions. He gave up some bad goals, especially the 2nd one to Staal.

  4. phillyphannnn83 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:29 PM EST

    I didn’t realize the bad ice is what caused the Devils to give up odd-man rush after odd-man rush. Boo hoo, Marty. I didn’t hear any complaints about the ice from the Rangers!
    You must not have read the last line of the story. Way to be observant.

    • cruuuzcontrol - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Actually, that last sentence and the accompanying PHT article that’s linked in the sentence were not posted until about 20 minutes after I made that comment. So my observation skills are intact, thank you. And even still, the linked PHT article says nothing about Henrik complaining about the ice.

  5. AppealToReason - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    “its not my glove hand or my waning skills at tracking and reading plays”

  6. sportsfan69 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Just maybe the Devils luck against the Rangers has finally ran its course. Two previous games, the Rangers had six shots hit off the goal post in their previous meetings. It’s about time. The talent on the team and Lundqvist has turned the corner on the lonely Devils. It’s pretty bad when your best players over 40 something. It catches up with you. It reminds of the old Ranger teams of the 1990’s.

  7. mrpinkca - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    He would know, he spent 13 years at the meadowlands.

  8. stakex - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I have no doubt the ice wasn’t that good, and in fact you could see the puck bouncing around a lot. However, none of the goals scored today were a direct result of bad ice. The Devils simply were out played, Brodeur played poorly, and the Rangers received a few friendly bounces…. a terrible combination for the Devils.

    • homieshome - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Yeah,. the ice was definitely not great and it had an effect on both teams at first, simple things as far as passing was very hard to do with the puck going out of control and flying all over the place lol. But yeah, that was an equal advantage / disadvantage for both teams. However, i’m not sure Brodeur wasn’t kind of using it as an excuse. He may not have been saying “thats why we lost” but i do feel that hes implying the ice is the reason HE did so bad

  9. killerpgh - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I would be curious to see a survey of players that actually played in these outdoor games if they think the NHL should continue to play regular season games outdoor. See if the pro’s out weigh the con’s in their mines. 99% of the players publicly say the like the outdoor game(s), but then that’s what they are expected to say publicly. If the ice sucks it ultimately effects them and bad ice could lead to increase injuries. Both teams play on the same ice surface so it’s not really an advantage for one team over the other. Although soft ice could favor a slower team and slow down a faster team but good well-rounded teams can use different approaches to win and should be able to over come that.

    • jhaegs - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Wouldn’t it make the slower team even slower? Therefore, the faster team is still faster…

      Figured that out by myself too!

  10. banger60 - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Marty, you got your a*s kicked, move along cry baby, a future HOF cry baby, unbelievable!

  11. trueblue69 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Maybe It was his Pads.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      It was the sight lines. Or maybe his sister-wife was on his ass about something at home… who knows? It’s definitely NOT that he played badly though. That can’t be it…

  12. joey4id - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Really! People! Brodeur did not say the bad ice was the reason the Devils played poorly or why he gave up six goals. Read the original article before dishing on the guy.

    I’ve never been of fans of these games because the normal game conditions don’t apply. However, it is all about increasing profits, and NHL hockey is first and foremost a business. I suspect the best outdoor conditions may have been at Dodger Stadium.

    • homieshome - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      They dont mean to say that hes using it as an excuse for why they lost, but moreso why HE did so bad. You gotta admit, it does sound like thats what hes implying here. But the ice WAS pretty bad, not gonna lie. Still, thats an equal disadvantage for both teams.

  13. hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    The amount of people who lack any real reading comprehension is astounding.

  14. cspsrbums - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    They should play all the Olympic games outside

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      They used to, I think up until about 1960, but definitely pre-WWII.

  15. banger60 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    another comment from the god of all the internet, Brodeur is a whiner, period.

  16. homieshome - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Rangers give Dylan Mcilrath and future 1st round pick to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle. But nontheless, we look purty damn good lately!!

    • cofran2004 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Saw mcilrath play yesterday in glens falls… I was not too impressed. He scored an empty net goal, but still… most people can score on a ghost goalie…

      I don’t think the oilers would bite on that proposal.

  17. soldierone - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Funny, all the hockey elitist were constantly bashing the outdoor game in LA, saying “oh it doesn’t belong there” Yet the ice was just like being in an arena with no issue at all. Oh how about that?

    • cofran2004 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Yeah, 70 degrees is what ice technicians are used to dealing with inside arenas. I wasn’t too shocked, truthfully.

  18. 950003cups - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Ice was bad. It was obvious to anyone who played the game at any level. The odd man rushed were something very strange for the Devils to give. It was a weird game. They showed up in the first period, but they quit in the 2nd and 3rd periods.

    Coach DeBoer needs to be fired before sunrise. If by tomorrow he’s still employed by the Devils, then ownership needs to fire Lamoriello for falling asleep at the wheel.

  19. purplehaze28 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    I truly respect Marty, but he’s got to man up!
    They played a good 20 minutes, but they weren’t hungry enough…

  20. patshal - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    I think he’s just using this as an excuse. I know there was a sun glare but I think the bad game is on him, not the ice. The ice seemed fine. He’s a goalie he doesn’t have to skate for crying out loud he just stands there. He uses his arms and his body not his feet or his skates. The ice doesn’t matter. If the skaters could play on it, he can. Excuses excuses. It was a nice game though.

  21. swesson57 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    It’s a shame when a future Hall of Fame Goaltender can’t accept responsibility for his poor play and has to blame, pathetically I might add, the ice surface. Seriously? It’s an outdoor game, what do you expect, perfection. Besides, last I checked, pucks bounce in odd ways inside climate controlled arenas with well maintained ice surfaces around the league every single night. Pathetic Marty! Time to retire.

  22. lateralous - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    If you read the actual quote, it’s not really as bad as the headline. That being said, no one wants to hear about the ice conditions after that performance. Every Devils fan in the world knows we have a better chance to win with Schneider in net than MB41. He was given the game as a thank you for everything he has done in the past because it was important to him. Just come out and say you had a bad game and leave it at that. Don’t go and Favre your career at the end.

  23. jb8383 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    He said the ice was bad. So did Lundqvist. Where did Marty say that was why he or the team played bad?

  24. mrhyperpants - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    These lot are paid millions, they should be that good, that they can play on any surface. Bunch of wining prima donnas

  25. tdspringer - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    LOL…I do believe it was the same ice everyone else was playing on. I didn’t hear King Henrik complaining…..Hey Marty, would you like some CHEESE to go with that whine??

  26. devilzzz2014 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Marty ok with being pulled? Eh hard to believe when it was said by reliable sources there were heated exchanges of words between coach and player at the end of the 2nd.

    In regards to the game Marty you blew it on the 2nd goal you allowed which was a huge turning point. You also allowed a 5th goal that was terrible also. Please realize your time in NJ is up and hopefully ownership will force Lou’s hand and tell him enough with letting vets run the team and make so many decisions about how much time they spend in a career as a Devils player. Lou should be doing what is good for the team and trading vets over the years would have helped bring in picks and younger players and made us a better team right now. Tired of the country club atmosphere that Lou has allowed for years. I wish DeBoer would speak up and get some guts but he knows if he does that he may never get a job anywhere else in the NHL so that stops him I guess. Anyway … bottom line … Marty ride the bench and let the best goalie in NJ play the majority of the games.

    In regards to the ice …..

    You could see it was slowing the players down. It was awful.

  27. stever451 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    hey NJ do yourself a favor get rid the baby and youll fair nice there is lot of better than this dinosaur that cant do much than lose and complain it will infect the whole losing team and make them all losers. Give the baby the nipple he wants and boot him.

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