NHL Playoffs 2012: Parise and Brodeur Give Devils Momentum Going into Game 5

May 22nd, 2012 by Michael Prunka Leave a reply »

The New Jersey Devils have an incredible amount of momentum heading into Wednesday’s Game 5 in Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Game 4 on Monday saw the Devils bounce back from a 3-0 shutout loss for the second time in this series.

Veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur played a huge role in the Devils’ crucial 4-1win. He stopped 28 of 29 for a .966 save percentage. It was the fifth time in 16 playoff games that Brodeur allowed one or fewer goals. On top of that, he also earned a secondary assist on Zach Parise’s empty-net goal.

While Brodeur made important saves necessary for the Devils’ big win, the skaters in front of him also pulled their weight by blocking a total of 13 shots, making sure the Rangers’ scorers didn’t work their magic. In addition, the Devils’ forecheck continued to be vital in shutting down the Rangers’ offense. It’s no wonder that it took the Rangers almost 55 minutes to score.

The Devils played a relatively simplistic, yet very effective, game. They took plenty of shots and drove to the net. The men in front of the net got plenty of rebound shot ...

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