Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Penguins 0 - Devils 1: Deadline Day Duds

After the Penguins made a couple of moves to improve their playoff aspirations, they come up dry against the New Jersey Devils.

The trades don't win games themselves, boys!

From Yahoo! Sports:

The 13th season of Martin Brodeur's remarkable career just might turn out to be his best.

Brodeur set a career high with his 12th shutout of the season, stopping 31 shots in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

"Some games you have a feeling that there's not going to be many goals scored, just by the way the game is played," said Brodeur, who has twice as many shutouts as anyone in the league. "Tonight I think you could see right from the get-go, everybody had their opportunities but there were no goals. We got one early in the second, so we just try to keep it tight. We are used to playing games like that and I thought we played well with the lead."

Brodeur has 92 career shutouts, third on the career list behind George Hainesworth (94) and leader Terry Sawchuk (103).

It was the second time this season Brodeur blanked Pittsburgh, which lost for the third time in four outings since having a 16-game point streak snapped.

"Brodeur was again phenomenal," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "There were three or four times the puck went through him but he just got a little piece of it and we couldn't get that break. You need some breaks and we didn't get the breaks tonight.

"We had our chances. But Martin Brodeur is a hell of a player."


"We can't give up hope (of catching the Devils)," Crosby said. "We've got to make sure we're just getting points no matter where that puts us in the division. We've got to put some wins together and get some points."

The teams will meet two more times this season, each coming in the next 15 days.

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