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Flash From The Past: Brodeur and Lundqvist’s Duel.

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For today’s piece, I’ll be taking you back in time, to a duel of the decade between Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist.

2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Another episode in our mini-series revolving around the hated rivalry between the Rangers and Devils. So far, we’ve seen everything from a game-starting line-brawl, to a mini-analysis on John Hynes and his performances against the Devils, to a draft recap comparing both teams. Now, I’ll be hitting on something a bit more specific - An incredible goalie duel between legendary goalies Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist.

Imagine this: It’s 2010, and the 31-11-1 Devils were set to face the 22-17-6 Rangers, looking to expand on their incredible start to the season. They had split their previous meetings in the year, with the Rangers taking the first game and the Devils taking the second. To fully reflect the difference in times, this was when Zack Parise was leading the Devils against Marian Gaborik’s Rangers.

At the time, the Devils were at the top of the Eastern Conference, while the Rangers were fighting for a spot in the playoffs. In this part of the decade, the Rangers and Devils were both still very competitive in the NHL scope, and had energetic contests, full of energy and violence.

Full standings at the time can be found here.

The Starting Lineups

Devils

Parise - Zajac - Langenbrunner

Rolston - Niedermayer - Elias

Pandolfo - McAmmond - Bergfors

Zharkov - Pelley - Pikkarainen

White - Mottau

Greene - Oduya

Salvador - Fraser

Brodeur

Rangers

Prospal - Christensen - Gaborik

Drury - Dubinsky - Callahan

Higgins - Anisimov - Avery

Brashear - Boyle - Kotalik

Girardi - Staal

Rozsival - Del Zotto

Gilroy - Redden

Lundqvist

The Game Highlights

Per the official NHL Youtube

The Final Stats

I will not be “recapping” the game, given that I don’t have a full video of it. However, I will mention some final stats and notes to take into account.

  1. For a Devils-Rangers matchup, this was a very tame game. There were only four penalty minutes against each team, though the Devils were not able to capitalize on 1:30 of 5-on-3.
  2. The Rangers were able to fire 51 shots at Brodeur, with Callahan, Dubinsky and Gaborik shooting five each. The best chances for the Rangers came from Marian Gaborik (whose shot rolled through the crease) and future Devil Brian Boyle (Breakaway chance)
  3. Likewise, the Devils fired 45 shots at the Rangers, with Parise and Jay Pandolfo recording six shots each. Brian Rolston had the best chance, with a one-timer from the point.
  4. At the time, Brodeur and Lundqvist combined to set the NHL record for most saves in a game without allowing a goal. I’m not sure if the record still stands, but I don’t remember any other goalie duels similar to this in recent years.
  5. Elias’s shootout goal was the only goal of the entire game, as the Rangers were shutout in the shootout as well.

The Aftermath

The Devils eventually clinched 2nd place in the Eastern conference, with a 48-27-7 record. Meanwhile, the Rangers failed to qualify for the playoffs by one point, which makes this game even more momentous.

Sadly, the Devils would fall in the first round 4-1 to the Flyers, who eventually lost in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Your Thoughts?

Do you remember this game? Do you miss this Devils team? Let me know in the comments below, and take care!