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Brodeur not concerned about back

by Dan Rosen

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur didn't seem all that concerned that the back soreness he's experiencing is anything serious and he's hoping that three days is enough time for him and the team's medical staff to figure out how to make it better.

Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 8-2-3
GAA: 2.27 | SVP: 0.911

The Devils don't play again until Thursday at Winnipeg.

"Oh yeah, everything should be fine," Brodeur said Sunday after pulling himself from the starting lineup due to the soreness in his back. "I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think anybody around here is worried about it."

Brodeur participated in warmups Sunday, but left the ice early because he didn't feel 100 percent and was concerned about getting hit or having to stretch to make a save.

He expects to undergo further testing Monday.

"My back was a little sore the last few games and [Saturday], I guess, sitting on the bench the whole game didn't really help," Brodeur said. "Today I thought I was going to be fine, but warm-up didn't feel good enough. I didn't feel 100 percent, so I decided to pull myself out."

Brodeur said he could have played Sunday if surprise starter Johan Hedberg was injured.

"From everything I'm told I'm not concerned," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "That's all I can tell you."


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