New Jersey Devilshas made great strides this season after missing the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. The Devils made it back to the postseason after scoring 102 points for the season and finished with a 48-28-6 record. They finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, which was able to produce three other playoff teams, and sixth overall in the entire Eastern Conference. Owners of New Jersey Devils tickets are definitely happy to see their team in the playoffs again. What makes them even happier is the way their team has kept their first round series versus the Florida Panthers a neck-and-neck battle.
Even though New Jersey entered the postseason as the sixth seed, they have shown great resiliency in keeping the series very close. The Devils opened the series with a stunning road victory over the Panthers. New Jersey won Game 1, 3-2. Florida showed who the upper team is by winning Games 2 and 3, 4-2 and 4-3 respectively. The fourth game of the series, though, was the most lopsided one when New Jersey won it 4-0, shutting out the Panthers offense. The win of New Jersey could be a momentum swinging one in their favor. Even though New Jersey would be on the road in two of the remaining three games of the series, the way they won Game 4 can give them a big boost. Their road record during the regular season is 24-15-2.
In that Game 4 victory of New Jersey, the oldest player on ice for both teams became the hero. Martin Brodeur, an 18-year veteran goalkeeper of New Jersey, played a record-breaking game for the Devils. Brodeur, who has only played for the Devils since being drafted in 1990, recorded his 24thplayoff shutout for his career breaking a tie with Patrick Roy for most in the history. This record-breaking performance of Brodeur came after having one bad playoff game in Game 3. The two-time Olympic gold medalist bounced back just at the right time after having his shortest postseason performance. He was pulled out of the game after playing only playing 22:18.
Brodeur owns numerous single season records over his career but he hasn’t had any playoff record under his name, right until that Game 4 win. He owns the most regular season wins, most shutout, most career saves, and is the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400, and 500 career wins among others. Based on ESPN Stats & Information data, Brodeur has been behind Roy in terms of postseason wins, games played, and minutes. Now that Brodeur has a sole possession of a playoff record, his status as the best goal defender of all time has just gotten stronger. The future Hall of Famer told after Game 4 win that a playoff record is even more special than those regular season ones. “The playoffs are the playoffs. That’s what hockey’s all about,” Brodeur said.
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