Martin Brodeur Wants To Use The Rangers Heads…To Block Shots
The New Jersey Devils were a hot pick to make a deep run in the NHL Playoffs as the sixth seed in the East. They have not disappointed, defeating the Florida Panthers in seven games during round one, and then man-handling the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals agasinst the top-seeded New York Rangers, where things have gotten a little more difficult. In Game 1, the Rangers got unleashed in the third period, scoring three goals against aged netminder Martin Brodeur to break open a 0-0 tie for a 3-0 win. The Devils were completely unable to mount any offense against the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist, as the Blueshirts defenders actually blocked more shots (26) than got through to net (21). That was frustrating for Brodeur to watch, so he came up with some outside the box strategies to turn things around in Game 2.
From the New York Post:
“We might be able to hurt a few guys [by] hitting one-timers in the foot and their head or something.”
Well, that’s using your head to think outside the box, Marty! Or, their head, more specifically.
Everyone agrees that the comments were made in jest and frustration, and that nobody would seriously consider shooting a puck at another players head just to discourage blocking. But the Devils players did say it would really discourage blocking (have you SEEN what it does to man’s leg?), so expect the headlines heading into tonight’s Game 2 to be nothing but “DEVILS TRYING TO KILL RANGERS FOR BLOCKING,” or things of that nature.
Brodeur is going to take a ton of heat for his comments because he’s been in the league forever, and comes across as arrogant to a lot of people. So expect those people to run with these comments like he’s serious. I can tell you now, however, that nobody is going to be aiming for another person’s head. Why? Because that would KILL THEM, and there’s no quicker way to losing your dream job and destroying the sport you’ve grown up loving then killing another human being during a game. Hockey solves its problems with punches to the head, not pucks. So much more emotionally healthy.