Martin Brodeur deserves his share of credit, too

Goaltender Martin Brodeur looks on during Game 4 Goaltender Martin Brodeur looks on during Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. (June 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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NEWARK -- For all the accolades bestowed on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, and deservedly so, 40-year-old Martin Brodeur deserves some credit for the Devils' run to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before Saturday night, Quick, a Vezina Trophy candidate, led all playoff goalies in wins (15), was first in goals-against average (1.39, tied for second-best all-time), first in save percentage (.948, best all-time) and tops in shutouts with three.

But Brodeur, who started his 193rd straight playoff game Saturday night, had won 13 games with a 2.04 GAA and .921 save percentage. His 24th shutout, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Florida, set an NHL record.

"I'm enjoying this ride," Brodeur said Thursday. "It's been great all throughout the playoffs. Definitely I'd like to have a little more success in the Finals here."

 

Experience counts

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Each team started the same lineups as in Game 4, favoring experience. The notable scratches were Kings forward Brad Richardson, who sat in favor of veteran Simon Gagne for the third straight game. For the Devils, Petr Sykora again replaced rookie Jacob Josefson and defenseman Henrik Tallinder stepped in for Peter Harrold for the second straight game.

 

Ice chips

The Devils' win in Game 4 marked the 47th win by a road club during the playoffs, an NHL record . . . Forty-nine of the 84 games had been decided by a goal, two short of the league record . . . Another overtime game in the series would be the 26th, tied for the second-highest in any year, with 2001 . . . In the first four games, the Devils had held the lead for just 5:31, all of that time in the third period of Game 4.

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