It was bound to happen, a goaltending duel between two of the best netminders in the league, Carolina's
"Sometimes you think of these teams, and it's going to be a little bit of a grind," Carolina head coach
After the way Game 4 ended, with Brodeur slamming his stick against the boards in frustration after getting bumped on a buzzer-beating goal, how he'd respond was the biggest question going forward. The veteran netminder can't be fazed. He made 44 saves and earned his 23rd career postseason shutout, tying
New Jersey coach
It didn't seem to have any negative effect at all. In fact, after the first, when the Hurricanes started turning up their offense, Brodeur wasn't favoring anything. He stopped 35 shots in the final two periods, exactly the kind of redemption he needed.
"It's really important that you have to part [with] things, throw it out the door when it's over and start getting refocused on the next game," Sutter said.
The playoff road can a bumpy one; nobody knows that better than Brodeur.
• Clarkson's physical presence in front of the net led to the goal in the second, but it also led to a goalie interference call in the first. Asked if Clarkson was sending a message about the way Game 4 ended with his physical game around Ward, both he and Sutter denied that was the case. But Sutter also remarked: "As soon as they called [the penalty on Clarkson], they were going to be a lot tighter on these things tonight, something that hadn't been happening throughout the series, to a certain degree."
• After the last-second goal on Tuesday that tied the series at 2, Brodeur went uncharacteristically nuts. He said Wednesday he couldn't remember a time he had ever reacted like that in front of people. A day later, he'd mellowed a bit, but still insisted he was right. "If I get position, regardless of if it's blue ice or white ice, whatever they call it, they shouldn't be able to hit me or touch me," he said. "I think looking at it, I don't think you could call a penalty, I don't think it's worthy of a penalty. But there is a rule about incidental contact outside your crease is a whistle and the play is stopped dead."
• The Devils' line of