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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils, Tuesday April 28 2009, 730pm ET CarCarolina at GAME OF THE NIGHT: Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils, Tuesday April 28 2009, 730pm ET NjdNew Jersey

GAME SEVEN, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EAST QUARTERFINAL
SERIES TIED 3-3

7:30 PM ET, April 28, 2009
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur has played in a deciding Game 7 of a playoff series eight times in his career with the New Jersey Devils and the prospect of another hasn't changed the way the New Jersey Devils goaltender feels.

The 24 hours before the game are brutal. You know everything about your opponent. There is nothing more to study. There is only time to kill and butterflies to control.

That's what Brodeur and probably everyone else on the Devils and Hurricanes was doing on Monday as Carolina and New Jersey waited for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series to be played Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
Carolina forced a winner-take-all contest on Sunday night with a dominating 4-0 victory at home. It marked the third straight time the Hurricanes had bounced back from a loss to tie the series.

"You have to control your emotions," Brodeur said. "It's definitely a tough game to play, but they are fun. When you play and dream as a kid, you always get that situation you make up to be a Game 7. It's nothing different when you have played for real. It's still a game, you have to control everything inside.

"You can't do too much and you can't sit back either," said Brodeur, who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles, the last coming in 2003 in a Game 7 win over Anaheim. "The hardest part is now is waiting for the puck to drop. Whenever the puck drops, it's just a hockey game."

Picking a winner in this one is tough. The Devils dominated Game 1 in New Jersey.

The Hurricanes dominated Game 6 in Raleigh. The other four games have been decided by a goal, with two in overtime and one in the final second of regulation.

"It's been a series that has been all over the map," Devils coach Brent Sutter said Monday. "That's what has made it so exciting."

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said that while he would hope his team had the momentum heading into the final game, he also realized that the way the series has gone, there is no momentum.

What he expects is excitement.

"There is nothing like it, even if you lose," Maurice said. "It's a completely different feeling. You never want that feeling to change. It's as enjoyable as anything."

This will be the 11th time the teams have met this season, and little separates them. Carolina has outscored New Jersey 13-12 in the series in which Brodeur and Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been spectacular.

The best players on the ice in Game 6 were Carolina center Eric Staal and forward Ray Whitney. Staal had two goals and an assists and linemate Whitney had three assists and a goal.

Maurice felt his team didn't play a desperate game on Sunday nor does he want them to be that way in Game 7.

"Sure there was tension and nervousness, but I just wanted them to come out and play," he said. "Now I want them to be excited about being part of a Game 7, and if you can't enjoy it you shouldn't be in the sport. I don't want them comfortable, just excited to play."

The Devils realize they have to play a lot better.

New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower body injury, was confident the effort would be better.

"We've done that to ourselves all year round, from the start," he said. "We had to dig ourselves out of situations. At the end of the year we had a little skid and had to battle back at the end to lock up things, and here it goes again. We haven't taken an easy road yet and we keep testing ourselves."

Veteran John Madden feels this team has character to battle back again.

"You have to go way beyond what you think your level is, and then some," said Madden, who has played on two Cup winners in New Jersey. "It's one game. You are playing for your life. There is no tomorrow."

Ray Whitney said the Hurricanes also have veterans who know what it takes, having won the Cup in 2006. However, he noted this is a different team with a different coaching staff.

"It's definitely exciting for us, it's especially exciting because in January we were struggling and trying to get to .500," he said.

"I don't think anyone even expected us to get to the playoffs and now we are one win away from the conference semifinal. We are excited but not satisfied. We have the opportunity to move on, but so do the Devils."

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils, Tuesday April 28 2009, 730pm ET Canes-10



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Go...man, I don't even know who I'm going for anymore.

Carolina? NJ?

Whatever, just :fight: :fighting: :^:

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Brodeur has been in 8 game sevens but what is his record in them? That's something I'd be interested in. Also in those game 7's what is his record at home in those?


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Cap'n Clutch wrote:Brodeur has been in 8 game sevens but what is his record in them? That's something I'd be interested in. Also in those game 7's what is his record at home in those?

It's 5-3 overall.

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:Brodeur has been in 8 game sevens but what is his record in them? That's something I'd be interested in. Also in those game 7's what is his record at home in those?

am trying to find you the numbers on this one, but did find this alarming stat for Brodeur

Best Post-Season Goals-Against Average All-Time - 1.96 affraid

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SensFan71 wrote:
Cap'n Clutch wrote:Brodeur has been in 8 game sevens but what is his record in them? That's something I'd be interested in. Also in those game 7's what is his record at home in those?

am trying to find you the numbers on this one, but did find this alarming stat for Brodeur

Best Post-Season Goals-Against Average All-Time - 1.96 affraid

Is there a stat anywhere about Fraudeur playing behind the most stifling system in the league?

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SensFan71 wrote:
Cap'n Clutch wrote:Brodeur has been in 8 game sevens but what is his record in them? That's something I'd be interested in. Also in those game 7's what is his record at home in those?

am trying to find you the numbers on this one, but did find this alarming stat for Brodeur

Best Post-Season Goals-Against Average All-Time - 1.96 affraid

Is there a stat anywhere about Fraudeur playing behind the most stifling system in the league?

no stat, but an explanation I found via Wikipedia

The Devils have been known as a defense-first team since Jacques Lemaire's tenure, although the Devils have twice led the Eastern Conference in Goals scored, once leading the NHL in goals scored (295 GF in 20002001). Lemaire gave the Devils their defensive mantra when he implemented a system commonly called the neutral zone trap.[54] This system is designed to force teams to turn over the puck in the neutral zone leading to a counterattack.[55] This style of play, coupled with poor attendance and television ratings, led the team to be chastised by the media and hockey fans for "making the NHL boring".[56] Nevertheless, the Devils were successful using this style of play, and Devils coach Larry Robinson asserted that the Montreal Canadiens (who also won the Cup many times) he played on in the 1970s used a form of the trap, though it did not have a name.[57]

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The Namedropper was on a MAJOR rant today on his call-in to TGOR.

"Fans think they know what goes in the playoffs. They DON'T KNOW. I KNOW. Because I'VE BEEN THERE."

Please feel free to e-mail TGOR to get this clown canned.

McGuire even said the Canes-Devs has been "a homer series"...which is, as we know, each successive game having been won by each team regardless of home ice, simply not true.

Exercise your rights as hockey fans!

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davetherave wrote:The Namedropper was on a MAJOR rant today on his call-in to TGOR.

"Fans think they know what goes in the playoffs. They DON'T KNOW. I KNOW. Because I'VE BEEN THERE."

Please feel free to e-mail TGOR to get this clown canned.

McGuire even said the Canes-Devs has been "a homer series"...which is, as we know, each successive game having been won by each team regardless of home ice, simply not true.

Exercise your rights as hockey fans!

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are you kidding me on this one? for me, I wouldn't be offended because I am not a knowledgeable fan, but members we have here like Prags, DTR, Heater, Clutch, SSF, Cronie, and I could go on forever, you guys should seriously be offended by this asshat.

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davetherave wrote:The Namedropper was on a MAJOR rant today on his call-in to TGOR.

"Fans think they know what goes in the playoffs. They DON'T KNOW. I KNOW. Because I'VE BEEN THERE."

Please feel free to e-mail TGOR to get this clown canned.

McGuire even said the Canes-Devs has been "a homer series"...which is, as we know, each successive game having been won by each team regardless of home ice, simply not true.

Exercise your rights as hockey fans!

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I think he was reacting to someone questioning his references to "coaching" Stanley Cup teams ad nauseum. I think that rant was unprovoked. I didn't hear anything that would lead to the subject matter of his rant.

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davetherave wrote:The Namedropper was on a MAJOR rant today on his call-in to TGOR.

"Fans think they know what goes in the playoffs. They DON'T KNOW. I KNOW. Because I'VE BEEN THERE."

Please feel free to e-mail TGOR to get this clown canned.

McGuire even said the Canes-Devs has been "a homer series"...which is, as we know, each successive game having been won by each team regardless of home ice, simply not true.

Exercise your rights as hockey fans!

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What the heck is this guy talking about? Really, he should be made to explain. At least hacks like Crawford explain WHY the playoffs are so different, instead on that nonsense.


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I'll tell you who could have been pooched this morning - the host of the show when he brought up Lou Lam. possibly stepping down from the business side of the Devils. When Pierre said he hadn't heard of it - and asked him to explain, there was pretty much dead silence. :^^^^:

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504Heater wrote:
davetherave wrote:The Namedropper was on a MAJOR rant today on his call-in to TGOR.

"Fans think they know what goes in the playoffs. They DON'T KNOW. I KNOW. Because I'VE BEEN THERE."

Please feel free to e-mail TGOR to get this clown canned.

McGuire even said the Canes-Devs has been "a homer series"...which is, as we know, each successive game having been won by each team regardless of home ice, simply not true.

Exercise your rights as hockey fans!

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What the heck is this guy talking about? Really, he should be made to explain. At least hacks like Crawford explain WHY the playoffs are so different, instead on that nonsense.


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Like most (if not all) McGuire rants, it was obviously fan provoked. He must have heard something about someone calling him out for being an assistant coach as opposed to a head coach. So Pete did what Pete does, insult the fan base.

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504Heater wrote:I'll tell you who could have been pooched this morning - the host of the show when he brought up Lou Lam. possibly stepping down from the business side of the Devils. When Pierre said he hadn't heard of it - and asked him to explain, there was pretty much dead silence. :^^^^:

In fairness to the Name Dropper, it was Straightman Stu. His observations routinely invite crickets and tumbleweeds.

But this is vintage Name Dropper. If I haven't heard of it, it's insignificant and I won't hide how below me I think this "information" (or player when he doesn't recognize the name) is.

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504Heater wrote:I'll tell you who could have been pooched this morning - the host of the show when he brought up Lou Lam. possibly stepping down from the business side of the Devils. When Pierre said he hadn't heard of it - and asked him to explain, there was pretty much dead silence. :^^^^:

Yes, well you remember how arrogant and dismissive Pusillanimous Pete was when Stu asked him with all due sincerity, about the Lamoriello report.

That's why the TGOR guys were stunned...by Pete's arrogance. Just as they were audibly stunned by his rant.

Later in the broadcast, Stu explained he'd sourced the item from Greg Wyshynski's site at Yahoo Sports...not just a hockey board.

Maybe TGOR will pull the plug on Pete and do us all a favour.

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