Why weren't the Devils included in your "Hot" list this week?That's a great question for the half dozen or so of you that wanted to know that. I'll tell you why. The Devils haven't been able to put it together when it's most important. This begins and ends with Marty Brodeur, the best goalie in the league. If the Devils want to continue stepping up, they need to start winning the big games. Beginning with Marty's sub-par performance at the All-Star game, the Devils have played great, except when other people were watching. On a nationally televised game against TB last weekend, the Devils had a lapse late in the second period, and into the third. So what did they do? They sat back and played the trap while down 3 and let the game wander away from them. This past week, in a much ballyhooed game on TSN against the NHL's new golden boys, the Penguins, Brodeur had another lackluster effort, and the Devils were simply unable to finish coming back, losing 5-4. Now I don't want to pick on Brodeur, in the other two games he played last week, he had a solid performance in a win against the Canadians. Last night, Brodeur shut out the Islanders. But not nearly as many people were watching these games, and Brodeur continued to try to fly under the radar. If the Devils want to pick it up and make a long postseason run, Brodeur needs to step it up. It's my experience that the further into the playoffs you go, the more people will be watching.
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