Tag:Martin Brodeur
Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:28 pm

Series Recap: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: New Jersey-Philadelphia

Series MVP: Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers

At no point during the regular season did the Flyers consider Boucher their No. 1 netminder. That is likely to change after his superb effort Philadelphia's defeat of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In five games, Boucher posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. Aside from a 5-3 loss in Game 2, in which he allowed four goals, Boucher held the Devils to two or fewer goals. And in Game 5, when the Flyers were without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne , the netminder stepped up his game with a 28-save shutout.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
Erin Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
Dennis Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.


No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at New Jersey PHI, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at New Jersey NJ, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia PHI, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia PHI, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at New Jersey PHI, 3-0 Recap
Philadelphia wins series, 4-1

Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:31 pm

Boucher finds redemption with perfect Game 5

By Erin Brown

Brian Boucher has no interest in reliving the past.

The Philadelphia Flyers led his team with a 28-save effort in a series-clinching, 3-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The shutout was the second of Boucher's postseason career, but more importantly, it erased the ghosts of a horriffic collapse by the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals a decade earlier.

Philadelphia led New Jersey, 3-1, in the series that year. Rather than clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers fell 4-1 on home ice in Game 5 and went on to lose the next two games. New Jersey became just the 16th team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.

"That still stings," Boucher said. "We were on our way to the Stanley Cup Finals and we lost. But tonight it feels nice to move on to the second round.

Game 5: A Decade Later
  May 22, 2000 April 22, 2010
Round Conference Final Conference Quarterfinal
Result New Jersey, 4-1 Philadelphia, 3-0
Flyers Goals Valeri Zelepukin Danny Briere, Claude Giroux (2)
Devils Goals Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Bobby Holik, Petr Sykora None
Flyers Goalie (GA-SV) Brian Boucher (4-26) Brian Boucher (0-28)
Devils Goalie (GA-SV) Martin Brodeur (1-20) Martin Brodeur (3-18)
Series Result New Jersey wins, 4-3 Philadelphia wins, 4-1

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:29 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 2-1)

• Canadiens' Carey Price ready to start in net for Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a star in the making. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals spend off day working on struggling power play. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Dennis Wideman and Mike Grier working well together for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek not likely to play in Game 4. [ Buffalo News ]

Lindy Ruff lets Sabres know to finish and not forget anything. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks' Roberto Luongo says he's fine despite struggles. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Alain Vigneault believes Canucks are ready for this moment. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings enjoying series lead, heading into Game 4 at home. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 3-1)

• After winning Game 4, Penguins create some space between elimination. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Injury-plagued Chris Kunitz contributing in playoffs. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators clearly weren't happy with the referees. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 3-1)

• In the duel of goalies, Brian Boucher is outplaying Martin Brodeur. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Peter Laviolette, Flyers on verge of steamrolling the Devils in first round. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils offensive struggles continue against Flyers. [ New York Post ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Series tied 2-2)

• Sharks get redemption in Game 4, but still not scoring enough goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton remain upbeat. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Another draining overtime game, this time won by the Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard rebounds with a shutout. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Without Shane Doan, it was the Red Wings who were the aggressor. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes get a break, but it doesn't help in Game 4. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Predators lead 2-1)

Shea Weber leads tough Predators defense in Game 3. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Jonathan Toews gets surprise, wasn't named finalists for the Selke Trophy. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist remains out of Predators lineup. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 20, 2010 10:52 pm

Has Brodeur lost his bite?

By Erin Brown

Martin Brodeur is one win away from his 100th career playoff victory. With the way he and the New Jersey Devils are playing, the milestone may have to wait another year.

The Devils trail the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, and one has to wonder if the future hall-of-famer has lost his effectiveness in pressure situations.

Since leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 2003, Brodeur is just 15-22 in playoff games. The Devils have not advanced past the conference semifinals. During the 2003 Cup run, the all-time shutouts leader whitewashed opponents seven times. Since then, he's recorded only three.

This postseason seems to be in line with the trend. His .885 save percentage through four games is the worst since 1999 and his goals-against average (2.98) is hovering around three for the second time in four years.

It hasn't helped that the Devils have been held to two or fewer goals in all but one game this series. But in all the years New Jersey dominated the postseason, they were never regarded as a high-scoring team. Brodeur filled the gap, keeping games within reach. His highlight-reel performances carried the team.

Shouldering such a workload at age 37 may finally be getting to the netminder.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:01 pm

Carcillo delivers blow to Devils in Game 3

By Erin Brown

Daniel Carcillo landed a hard punch to the gut of the New Jersey Devils, and he did it without dropping his gloves.

Carcillo finished a goal and an assist in Philadelphia Flyer's 3-2 overtime win over New Jersey on Sunday.

The winger struck 3:35 into the extra period to give the Flyers the win and a 2-1 series lead. Mike Richards ' shot from the right side of the net trickled through the crease to Carcillo, who knocked it past an out-of-position Martin Brodeur .

He also assisted on Richards' goal 75 seconds into the second period.

Known for his fists more than soft hands, Carcillo led Philadelphia with 207 penalty minutes during the regular season, but also scored 12 goals.

Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:55 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Quarterfinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

  • Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs
  • Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
  • Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
  • Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

  • Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
  • Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
  • Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston

  • Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Ryan Miller is a difference maker.
  • Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
  • Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
  • Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
  • Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
  • Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.

No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

  • Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
  • Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
  • Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
  • Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
  • Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

  • Goldstein: Vancouver in  5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
  • Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
  • Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
  • Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:57 pm

Preview: No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Devils will win if: They take advantage of the big advantage they have in goal. Martin Brodeur is arguably the best netminder of his generation and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher , well, is not. The key here is that New Jersey isn't all about defense any more, even with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench, especially since the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk . The dynamic Russian forward hasn't put up eye-popping numbers since his mid-season arrival, but his presence means that teams can no longer shut down the Devils by shutting down Zach Parise 's line. And yes, the Devils can still play defense, too, an area of their game that will be helped by a healthy Paul Martin back on the blue line. New Jersey has to be disciplined, though, because the Flyers power play is one of the best in the league.

The Flyers will win if: They keep playing the way they did to end the season. Philadelphia has essentially been playing for its playoff life for a couple of weeks now. The Flyers battled back from a five-game losing streak to end March by winning three of their last four, including an emotional do-or-die finale against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side for the Flyers is that they head into this series as healthy as they have been all year and with the knowledge they have effectively controlled New Jersey in all meetings between the bitter rivals this season. Several Philadelphia players had disappointing seasons, but with Jeff Carter , Mike Richards , Danny Briere and Simon Gagne , there is a lot of fire power up front. And the blueline group led by Chris Pronger compares favorably to any other in the league.

Regular Season Recap

New Jersey: 48-27-7, 103 points (1st, Atlantic Division)

Philadelphia: 41-35-6, 88 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 at New Jersey * 7 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Philadelphia * TBD
Apr. 27 at New Jersey * 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary


Season Series
Philadelphia wins, 5-1
Date Result
Oct. 3 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2 Recap
Nov. 16 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Dec. 12 New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1 Recap
Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) Recap
Mar. 28 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1 Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic NJ PHI
Goals For (Avg.) 2.63 2.83
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.27 2.71
Power Play 18.7% 21.4%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 83.0%

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