NHL Playoffs 2012: Martin Brodeur and Goalies Who Must Shine in Postseason

April 7th, 2012 by Thad Novak Leave a reply »
With high-powered offenses such as Pittsburgh and Boston among the leading contenders heading into the NHL playoffs, the postseason won’t lack for scoring. Of course, that just means the goaltenders who do step up on the road to the Stanley Cup will deserve even more accolades than usual.

This trio of netminders will be facing extra pressure to succeed if their teams are to avoid a quick postseason exit:


Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

Has there been a season in Brodeur’s career when he hasn’t belonged on a list like this one? The perennially offensively-challenged Devils are at it again, racking up a solid 102 points in the standings despite a goal total (228) surpassed even by the woeful Maple Leafs.

Brodeur is on the short list for the best goalies ever to play the game, but he’s also 39, and he’s played 59 of his team’s 82 games. His goals-against average was a decidedly mortal 2.41 for the year, but for all that, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the many-time playoff hero bounce back to lead a New Jersey postseason run one more time.


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