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Devils' 13-year playoff run in serious jeopardy @NHL

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - For the past 16-plus seasons, playing hockey has been fun for New Jersey Devils goaltender Marty Brodeur.

It was a sport he loved to play. He earned a bundle of money doing it, and the Devils always were a threat to win it all.

Talk hockey with Brodeur these days, however, and that ever-present smile isn't always there.

For the first time in his long career, the three-time Stanley Cup-champion Devils are no longer competitive and their streak of making the playoffs for 13 consecutive years is in serious jeopardy. They are 17 points out of a playoff berth.

This could be the year of the Devils' demise, and it's only 29 games into season.

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