New Jersey @ Montreal
7:00 PM ET, March 14, 2009
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens will square off in a key Eastern Conference battle on Saturday night, but that won't be what's on the minds of most of the Bell Centre crowd.
Instead, the stage will belong to Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
In a twist that could barely have been scripted, Brodeur will have a chance to match Patrick Roy's all-time record for goaltending victories in his native Montreal, which is also where Roy won a pair of Stanley Cups and spent the majority of his Hall of Fame career.
"It just adds to the story. You can't ask for a better script," Brodeur said. "... It's definitely going to be a different atmosphere. I'll try to maintain my emotions and try not to be distracted by it all."
"This is going to be a bit of pressure and stuff," he added. "It should be fun. I'm happy I'll be able to live it, and live it with my family and friends."
But the four-time Vezina trophy winner has been as sharp as ever since his Feb. 26 return, starting all seven of New Jersey's games and going 6-1-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average.
Montreal (36-24-8) is also adjusting to a new leader behind its bench, after general manager Bob Gainey fired coach Guy Carbonneau on Monday and took over the job.
Gainey's debut was a successful one as the Canadiens beat Edmonton 4-3 on Tuesday, but they lost 3-2 in overtime to the New York Islanders on Thursday night -- just the NHL-worst Islanders' second road victory since Thanksgiving.
This game is self explanatory and no need to even get into what the Devils and Brodeur need to do tonight to get the win. Treat this game like it is just another game and things should fall into place for the Devils and Brodeur tonight,
Get the win Devils and get er done!
LETS GO DEVILS!!!!
Brodeur's 8th game back (6-1) and looking for win #551 to tie Patrick Roy, who will be in attendance.
GDT: Devils Mascot.
Edited by SatansDevils, 14 March 2009 - 12:42 PM.