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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.
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