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Brodeur fights through downtime

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 12:25 AM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Panthers vs. Devils series blog

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Brodeur fights through downtime
NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur was ice cold and even admitted he had to fight his mind from wandering.

Martin Brodeur
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 3-2-0
GAA: 2.22 | SVP: 0.911
It's a good thing he won that fight, because the Devils' season might be over had he not.

Despite facing only four shots in the second period and just three in the third, Brodeur had to come up with a season-saving save on Mikael Samuelsson with 2:31 left in regulation Tuesday night at Prudential Center.

Mark Fayne whiffed on a clearing attempt, turning the puck over inside the defensive zone. Samuelsson got the puck, cut across the slot and tried to beat Brodeur at the right post. However, Brodeur came out well past the elbow of the blue paint, made himself big, and gobbled up the shot.

It was the first shot he faced in almost four minutes. It was just the 13th shot he faced in the game.

"It's tough, especially when it's a tie game like that and you know the next shot could be the shot that makes a difference to send us home," Brodeur said after the Devils 3-2 overtime win in Game 6. "I tried to stay positive. I know we gave up another two-goal lead, but I said, 'The next save could be the big one.' I was able to make one late in the third on Samuelsson."

Devils coach Pete DeBoer was impressed that even a goalie with Brodeur's experience was able to fight through all the downtime in a game that saw the Devils outshoot the Panthers 42-16.

"This is a tough game for a goalie, you're not getting a lot of work and then all of a sudden there is a point-blank chance," DeBoer said. "The save on Samuelsson was huge. We were pressing and we hadn't given up much to that point, so you're a little bit cold. It was a game-saving save for us."

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