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Can Martin Brodeur help the Devils draw even?
Game 3 was not kind to Martin Brodeur.
But at least he did not have to endure it for very long.
One of the best playoff goalies ever got shelled in Game 3. He could not hold onto a 3-0 lead for his team and was pulled early in the second period.
It was his shortest playoff outing ever.
While some had wondered whether Brodeur would get the nod in Game 4 or whether Pete DeBoer might stick with Johan Hedburg, I really did not have any doubts.
Brodeur has not won three Stanley Cups because of luck. He is one of the best goalies of all time. With the prospect of a 3-1 series deficit staring you in the face, to whom would you turn?
I think Brodeur, as he almost always has done in the past, will have a true bounceback game.
Whether that is enough for the Devils to even the series might depend on who is between the pipes at the other end.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen pulled Jose Theodore after the Devils had built the early three-goal lead and replaced him with Scott Clemmensen. All Clemmensen did was shut out the Devils the rest of the way, and all indications are that he will start tonight.
If the Devils are to even the series tonight, Brodeur will have to be on his game and the Devils offense will have to solve Clemmensen. If that does not happen, then the Panthers will return to Florida with a 3-1 series lead.
Maybe the Panthers were a legitimate No. 3 seed after all.