Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:22 AM
Yeah, Brodeur played well - never had me comfortable but I imagine that ship has sailed for him permanently. Got a veteran's break on that final call too - it's a defensible call but probably wrong. Ah well, Flyers got more than their share of calls in that playoff series 4 years ago.
3rd period was a classic low-event NJ 3rd period, got the break and away they went.
That's pretty much where I am with Marty now. I can't help it, every time I see a shot coming his way I'm pretty nervous these days.
Anyway, 4-0 in his last four with 9 GA on 106 shots (.915 save%). That's probably as good as we should hope to get from Marty over small samples...I can't ask somone who's been a .901 guy over 60 games or so and is almost 42 to do much better. What's unbelievable is, just like that, 700 wins is becoming a realistic total for him...even if he only wins a couple more this year (who know how many more starts he gets this year...I'm not going to even attempt to break down who gets how many starts at this point), he'd only need 12 next year to do it. He could wind up needing 10 or less, if everything keeps aligning for him the way it has been, and the Devils can keep finding ways to win for him.
Keeping that in mind, though he's never come out and said anything about 700 wins being important to him, if he's that close and still thinks he's got something (we know the answer to this one), that probably makes his decision to play again next season that much easier for him. And last night and this 4-0 "burst" aside, I still think that 700th win should definitely not come here.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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