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Brodeur assists with an assist

Tuesday, 03.16.2010 / 12:49 PM / NHL Insider

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Martin Brodeur stopped 34 shots, including 14 in the third period, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
 
Brodeur spots Clarkson at center...
Brodeur also picked up his his third assist of the season, setting up David Clarkson's breakaway goal at 17:23 of the first period with a long, flat pass that was right on the money for Clarkson.
 
Clarkson scored New Jersey’s second goal after collecting a splendid outlet pass from Brodeur at center ice.

He collected the puck, breaking in one-on-one against Tim Thomas, and lifted a backhand over the fallen goalie for a 2-0 advantage.

Clarkson was amazed with Brodeur's outlet pass that hit him in stride and knew he had to make it count.

...and makes a tape-to-tape pass...
"To be honest, I can't believe he made it and I knew if I didn't score he'd make fun of me so when I got the puck, I saw the opening and took off," Clarkson said. "I was all alone. I thought someone was close to me, but it was just an unbelievable play by (Brodeur). He's probably the only guy who can make that play. I was impressed with how nice a pass it was. I don't even know if he saw me."

As it turns out, Brodeur did see Clarkson.


"(Zdeno) Chara just misfired and tried to dump it into the corner and I stepped out," Brodeur explained. "I was going to go down the glass at first -- the safe way. But I turned around and there was just a big lane and I saw David kind of curl and said, 'Oh my God, I'm going to try it,' and made a good pass.

..and Clarkson buries it!
And what if Clarkson missed?

"I would have given him grief," Brodeur said. "I don't feed a guy on a breakaway too often; so it better work."

This time, it did.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round