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Martin Brodeur turned 40 on Sunday, and celebrated by stopping the Flyers 4-2. Though he started slow during the regular season, he finished strong, posting a 2.41 GAA and .908 save percentage to go with a 31-21-4 record.
It's not Marty at his best, but it's certainly the play of someone who's still capable of playing at the NHL level.
And Marty's only gotten better in the postseason. He's 8-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save-percentage. While he isn't stealing any games for the Devils, he's giving them a good chance of winning every game.
On top of that, he's just as crafty with his stick as ever. While he hasn't scored any goals (yet), he has three assists this postseason.
Any team attempting to dump the puck in experiences the same frustration when Brodeur cuts off the puck and dishes it out to a teammate 50 feet away. That advantage means one of two things: teams have to alter their game plans, or they have to accept that Marty is going to steal some possessions from them. Either way, it pays off big-time.
And of course, there's the fact that he's been there. Marty has hoisted the cup not once, not twice, but thrice. He's got more than 100 postseason wins, 24 postseason shutouts and no shortage of experience.
When a goalie has too much experience, that usually means he's too old to play. But as long as Marty can keep performing like he has been, it's extremely reassuring to know such a cool head stands between the pipes.