Creating traffic against Brodeur crucial against Devils
|The Senators will put lots of traffic in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, above, in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Photo: Getty Images|
by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators will battle another Hart Trophy candidate in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After eliminating NHL-leading scorer Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins from the post-season last week, the Senators will face all-star goaltender Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Senators head coach Bryan Murray says after a tremendous career so far, there are no signs of Brodeur slowing down.
"He has earned a reputation of being a big-time goaltender. He continues to be that," Murray say. "He's a top guy in our league. You have to find a way to get pucks to the net that maybe he doesn't see all the time."
Senators alternate captain Wade Redden agrees it's important to make life difficult for Brodeur in front of his net.
"Jersey keeps everything to the outside, especially if they get a one- or two-goal lead. Marty's going to save those long shots. It seems like they get those five guys in the home base and don't give up much in that area. The key is going to be to get inside and get some traffic in there."
While he's good, Brodeur isn't perfect.
"Anybody who followed the Tampa series (the Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Round 1) knows he's not going to stop everything," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says. "You try to get lots of shots at him, get people in front of him. Make it hard for him and make him work."
Senators goaltender Ray Emery isn't looking at the series as a one-on-one battle against Brodeur.
"You definitely want to out-perform the other guy, but I think you saw in our last series, we're really playing like a team right now. It's just a team effort, not so much individual battles."