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Video: Updating the ice conditions at Yankee Stadium

Jan 28, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

Here’s the NHL’s Mike Craig with an update on the ice conditions for tomorrow’s outdoor game between the Rangers and Islanders at Yankee Stadium:

If you can’t watch, Craig thinks everything is in “really good shape.”

No word what Craig’s crew thought of Martin Brodeur‘s “worst ice I ever played hockey on” comments following Sunday’s game, but they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them, with temperatures expected to drop to around 19 degrees for puck drop. (Yes, there’s such a thing as “too cold” to make good ice.)

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  1. stcrowe - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I was pretty surprised by Brodeur’s comment. For the past week, I haven’t been able to watch NHL Network, Sportsnet or TSN without the pundits heaping praise on Dan and Mike Craig, and their ice-making abilities.

    • stakex - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      It comes down to the fact that the ice on the outdoor rinks, especially when its snowing out like it was Sunday, isn’t going to be nearly as good as indoor ice. That’s just a fact. So I don’t doubt the ice was some of the worst Brodeur has played on as a pro since every other game he’s ever played was on well managed indoor ice.

      Still though, given the situation, the ice was probably pretty good when all things are considered.

  2. ipaintrinks - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    there’s a reason why those guys have those jobs, they’re some of the best around. I think brodeur was a little upset about being lit up like a candle and needed something to blame it on so why not the ice.

    • coconutman1 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      I read something similar to this idea somewhere today. It was based on advice given to a golfer by a sports psychologist, who said to blame the elements to keep confidence up, as confidence can be key in performing well in high level sports. I don’t know that this is the case with Brodeur, but an interesting thought.

  3. villi5ed - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Brodeur’s record speaks for itself. He has been a great player for at least half of his time in the NHL. But I cannot think of another top-echelon star ever who so readily throws teammates under the bus, blames others for his shortcomings, makes excuses when things don’t go right and refuses to assume responsibility for losses when there is no other place to look but at himself. It diminishes his stature which, by rights, ought to be beyond reproach.

  4. barkar942 - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Hey- I saw Marty talking to Pierre McGuire before the game and Pierre said that Marty told him the ice was great, the atmosphere was great, and the universe was very very large- oh wait, sorry that last one was Bryz two years ago in Philly.
    So what happened from the pre-game warmup ice to the game ice that made it go from great to the worst he had ever played on? Perhaps six goals against?

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Maybe his ego melted the ice?

  5. shortsxit34 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I’ve always been a huge Brodeur fan; but, I lost a lot of respect for him after the 2010 Olympics. He didn’t play well during the beginning of the tournament, especially in the 5-3 loss to the US (in which he gave up 4 goals on 22 shots). That was his last time in net, being pulled in favor of Luongo for the rest of the Olympics.

    This was his take after the game:

    “It was a tough game,” Brodeur said when asked for a self-critique. “They got some bounces, they scored some goals, one went off my player. I thought I made some key saves in the game to turn it around, but we just didn’t take advantage of it. I think after the two breakaway saves I made in the second, I feel that maybe something was going to happen, but we went out there and took three penalties in a row from there. They scored that fourth goal and that was important for them.”

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