Buffalo Sabres' Clarke MacArthur (41) scores past New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Boston, MA -- Obviously, future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, Martin Brodeur, has a lot to do with the success of the very successful New Jersey Devils organization.
This season, Brodeur has played in all 10 of New Jersey’s games and has recorded six wins, four losses, one shutout with a .909 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average. Over the last 17 years, he has played in 1,009 regular season games and has recorded 563 wins, 303 losses, 105 ties, 23 overtime losses and 102 shutouts. In those games, he has recorded a 2.21 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
“Number one – he is a great goaltender,” said Julien. “He is as athletic as you will find. And he's not your normal butterfly goalie. He’s a hybrid.
“Second of all – he’s always had pretty good teams in front of him. That’s helped him, not be less of a goalie than he is, but has helped him insurance wise. If you don’t have to face 30 and 40 shots a night it’ll help you in the long run.
“He wants to play a lot and he’s got the team that allows him to play a lot in front of him,” he said.
Much like the Bruins, the New Jersey team plays a system based on defensive accountability.
“There’s a bunch of guys that certainly produce [points], so that’s not to say they aren’t good offensively,” said Julien. “They just make it tough on you to score goals. When [they] have those little minor breakdowns, there’s a pretty good goalie there to stop the puck.
“When you play the way they play, it’s all about positioning…so it wasn’t as hard for them to adapt [to the recent rule changes],” he continued. “They just stuck with their system and…that actually benefited them compared to other teams who relied on the pressure on the clutch and grab.”
Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart said to come out on top in Thursday night’s game the B’s need to play their game and try not to make the first mistake.
“Whenever we play them it’s always a tough game,” Stuart told Bruins TV on Wednesday. “They have a good defensive game and they don’t really give you much, so it almost seems like a chess match when we’re playing each other.
“The other team is waiting for the other one to make a mistake and whoever makes that first mistake usually loses the game. So it’s usually a little tight, low scoring game, and I think we expect the same tomorrow night.”
So far this season, the Devils have been road warriors, winning all five of their away games and Stuart said the guys should just play their game and make the simple plays, but decisions fast.
“I think [the Bruins need to] play the same, but be ready. You know they’re coming hard on their forecheck,” said Stuart. They’re going to be taking the body on you, so you just got to make decisions a little bit quicker for sure.”
As for getting a goal through Brodeur, Stuart said the key was to, “Put a lot of shots on net.
“A lot of times its an ugly goal, rebound or something like that, just battle in front of the net, so we got to look for a couple of those [Thursday].”