Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vintage Marty

The Vintage version of New Jersey Devils Goaltender, Martin (Marty) Brodeur, showed up on Thursday night as the Devils beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in double overtime (OT). It was an exciting game but for someone who's watched Brodeur for over 20 years, this game was especially rewarding.

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The 40 year old netminder saved 43 shots and was breathtaking in the first OT period, stopping 12 shots. Brodeur looked 15 years younger than his real age as he made age defying saves. Not only were his saves age defying, they were out of this world. 

I hope some young players watched this game. They saw a man at the end of his career and well over his prime, who did everything he could to recapture the brilliance of his youth. Marty was shaky early on in the first round of the playoffs and was even taken out of a game. That didn't stop him from rebounding and finding his form in game 7.

For a netminder who is the the NHL's all-time leader in regular season wins, this game had to be extra special. To win game seven of a playoff series and be the best player on your team and arguably on the ice, has to be rewarding and vindicating.

After last years playoffs, many fans and experts wrote of the veteran. Many thought his time was up and that he would or should retire. If you watched this game, you had to come to the realization that Marty might have one more playoff push in him.

Marty sure proved his critics wrong on this night. If you didn't know who he was and that he was 40 years old, you could have sworn he was a 25 year old goalie in his prime. Some of the saves that the old man made were incredible and as I said earlier, they were breathtaking.

Marty will face a tough Flyers team in the second round and I personally think the Devils will lose the series. While that might be my gut feeling, I realize that anything is possible when a team has a goalie like Brodeur. It's amazing how one guy, can take over a game and will his team to victory.

That's what we can expect from the backstopper. Hopefully he has a little more magic in him. Wouldn't it be special to see Marty win one more Stanley Cup? I'm hoping that we see more Vintage Marty for the next three rounds.

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