Whether it's not shaking Sean Avery's hand in the post series hand shake in the 2008 playoffs or banging his sister-in-law, we're all aware of Martin Brodeur's lack of class.
So, it's no surprise that after giving up six goals in two periods that led to him being pulled during the second intermission of yesterday's Yankee Stadium game, he decided to blame everything but himself for his poor performance (via New York Post)...
“It was so bright, and even for the quality of the ice — even though it was the worst ice I’ve ever played hockey on — you went from the shadow to the sun, it was almost a 10-degree difference. It was unbelievable.”
I don't know Marty, the ice looked pretty good on these two goals by Mats Zuccarello...
...i'm assuming Brodeur has been playing hockey indoors since he was a kid, so the ice surface at Yankee Stadium could very well have been the worst he's ever played on, but man that seemed like sour grapes. The NHL ice makers probably busted their ass all week to get that ice ready for yesterday. Way to take a nice heaping dump on them Marty.
...five of the six goals against Brodeur absolutely took bad bounces, so if he wanted to say puck luck wasn't on their side, I'd have no problem with it. But none of those five goals were the direct result of adverse ice conditions.
And as if using the ice as a scapegoat wasn't enough, Brodeur then decided to blame the cold for good measure...
"In a game like that there's no feeling to it as far as for goalies. I'm sure Hank will say the same thing. You rely a lot on instinct, noise and stuff like that. I just had zero feeling. I can't close my glove. Can't catch a puck. Everything was frozen. The puck hits you, it's tough. When it hits you, it's fun. When it doesn't, not as fun."
...actually Marty, Lundqvist didn't say the same thing after the game. Neither did the guy who deserved to start the game for the Devils who literally came off the bench cold to cleanup your mess.
I cant see the ice being that bad. I was there and froze my f-in ass off! It was hard as a rock. The devils defense may have chipped it up alot because they were on their heels most of the game! this guy should have more respect for lundquist for dealing with less than ideal conditions and shut the f up. Lol kevin "banging his sister in law"!
First off, numerous reports are that Broduer asked to be taken out, he claimed to give Schneider a chance to be involved in the game, but more like he was tired of being embarrassed.
Second, as has been said, both teams played on the same sheet. The Rangers seemed to shy away from commenting on the ice, i noticed in the post game both Hank and AV seemed to start saying it wasnt the best, and then quickly changed the topic. Hank admitted that the time change affected him, was surprised to see Marty not go the same route. But bottom line was you have to adjust. If you watch enough of these games, you know its not pretty, lots of sloppy, ugly goals, not a lot of highlight reel stuff. Goalies are going to lose thier angles, pucks are going to take funny bounces, guys are going to lose edges.
The Rangers, for the most part, just adjusted to the elements better. The 1st period was a back and forth mess, guys trying to get a feel for what was going on. But from the second on, while the Devils kept trying to gain the blue line like it was the Olympics, the Rangers played shut them down at the blue line, transitioned better, chipped pucks in, and played more north-south. They didn't try to be cute, just went hard to the net, and Hank focused on keeping the puck in front of him. Quite frankly, based on style, the outdoor game caters to Talbot's low-key style, just being big and getting in the way.
Meanwhile Marty (you cant teach and old dog new tricks) was still trying to make poke check saves and stack the pads like its the early 90s. Didn't want to adjust his style, paid the price.
@TheNYRBlog I think it's interesting though that 7 goals were scored on that one net ? Blame it on poor goalie play, but still, that's weird
Got to be honest guys, I'm a die hard Rangers fan like the rest of you. But I respect a quality opponent and know Marty's contribution to the game is incredible. I never want to be like all those Red Sox fans I hate who bitch a moan about the Yanks more than they root for their own team. Marty is the greatest goalie to ever strap on the pads and 94 would not have been nearly as sweet if our NYR didn't go through him to win it all!!!!! Congrats Marty on a strong career. Time for Hank to win his cups.
Wouldn't have anything to do with that extra lard you're dragging? Or the developing cataracts? Perhaps male menapause? Gout? Early onset Dimensia? You're overdue for 2 things Marty. That colonoscopy and your retirement!!
Was away for the weekend and missed this game. For those that watched, how was the quality of play? What about the crowd? More Rangers than Devils fans?
Guy doesn't know when to quit, should of retired a couple of years ago. hanging around till his neices hit 18 so he can be relevant when he tries to bang them. any hoo hank seemed to do ok in same conditions so stfu you sorry french fag lol sorry to any homo sexuals I may have offended comparing mary to them
@TheNYRBlog He's done this for 20 yrs. Best goalie ever? Not even best goalie in NY/NJ area for over half his career.
Had they won, Not a single complaint would have surfaced from his fat ass. Sore loser at its finest.
I didn't see how Dominic Moore's goal, Zucc's second goal, or Rick Nash's goal was the result of a "bad bounce." Those were off the stick cleanly and he was either beat or couldn't handle it. Also, did you know that Henrik Lundqvist has never given up a goal that was a bad bounce, deflected off of a teammate, or a skate? And never against the Devils, either. Only Brodeur. And in this game.
@TheNYRBlog I could be wrong, but the Rangers played on the same ice, with the same conditions...
Bye Fatso it was nice knowing you... Now fade into irrelevance with your sister in law you POS. What a pansy. Pretty sure Hank and the rangers were playing on the same ice and in the same cold weather... Just wish Avery was there to rub it in even more yesterday.
@TheNYRBlog he was mad they delayed the game, he had prepared sun in his eyes defense, had to go to plan be, bad ice
@TheNYRBlog Brodeur has always been been a smug self centered guy since day one. Never takes blame for anything.
@TheNYRBlog Cut the guy some slack. His wife ran out of sisters for him to sleep with.
@Rangeranger That is just a stupid excuse... ice seemed okay to Henrik!!!!
@johnnyb3910Interesting thoughts. I admired the coaching staff's strategy in adjusting to the circumstances of the ice. I'm sure it's something they discussed and being an athlete on this level you have to adapt each and every moment of every game, much less under obviously more adverse circumstances., so it's surprising to see a world class goalie whining like this. For us It's a good sign as one of my concerns on AV is that he doesn't adjust and adapt well. Maybe I'm wrong, which would be a good thing and honestly he's so quiet and contained it's really hard to know who he is
Devils got to shoot at it twice, so they shouldn't be complaining...
@GiveGartneraCupAgree except don't think Marty is the greatest ever - just an elite goalie who benefited from the prototype of hockey team defense that were the NJ Devils during their hay day. Just my opinion.
Marty is (was) obviously talented as hell and the best to ever do the job, nobody can argue that. But he has a well-earned reputation as a cry baby who lacks the grace & class of the other greats to play the game. Way too often he blames conditions, other players etc rather than shoulder the blame for poor performances himself. Add in the way he flops around on the ice any time an opponent comes near him and it’s like watching all the fake injuries in a soccer game – it’s disgusting. Hockey players are known for having class and sportsmanship in a way that most other pro sports athletes don’t, and you expect even more from the best in the game. Sadly Marty comes up wildly short in that category.
I don't disagree. But too many people here question his talent and abilities. At the same time, the reason he has been so good is because he has that competitive spirit in him. He's the type of person who probably doesn't let his kids win at ANYTHING and gets pissed when they beat him at a video game. That same competitive spirit that makes him so good, results in all the crap you see from him. He'll do anything to win and NEVER wants to admit defeat.
On the NHL Network Post Game Kevin Weekes noted that he'd seen a growth in maturity with Hank this season, less and less expressing frustration and blame on the players in front of him and shouldering a little more of the load. I tend to agree (obviously everything is easier when you win) but it was a lot worse the week or two of the season.
Hank has thrown his players under the bus a few times in the past. I think he has that same drive and sometimes it manifests itself in ugly ways