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We mentioned on Friday that despite the Devils’ 5-3 victory in Game 1, the team didn’t exactly follow the NJD-formula for winning in allowing three goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. An unexpected offensive explosion bailed out Martin Brodeur and the team’s defense on that occasion, but since then Brodeur has yielded three goals in each of the last two games as well, losing both and putting the team in a 2-1 series hole.

Mark Everson of The New York Post points out that Tampa has thrived by torching New Jersey’s supposed strengths – their superior checking forwards and Brodeur’s Hall-of-Fame credentials in net. John Madden and Jay Pandolfo were supposed to come into the series and shut down Tampa’s dynamic duo of Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. Instead the pair have lit up the scoresheet and exploited a less-than-Brodeur-like Brodeur. Via Everson:

When Brodeur said he had to be “the difference,” he didn’t mean this way. In a game, in a series, that has no room for error, New Jersey’s franchise player gave up a near-duplicate of the killer stinker to Lecavalier in their previous loss.

It goes without saying, if the Devils are to come back in this series, they need Martin Brodeur to play like Martin Brodeur.

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