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A strong start couldn’t save the Devils in Yankee Stadium. An early 3-1 lead seemed to evaporate in the falling snow at the outdoor game between the Rangers and Devils and the Martin Brodeur era may be officially over in New Jersey. Brodeur was pulled after 2 periods and 6 goals but it is tough to lay all of the blame on the veteran goaltender. However, Cory Schneider, in my opinion, would have been able to stop at least some of the odd man chances that came about as a result of defensive breakdowns. The Devils looked slow and old in the second period as they have looked all season long.
It is my hope to see the organization finally give younger prospects a chance to play long-term and reduce the amount of older veterans clogging up the system. Young d-men with serious talent such as Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas (who made a costly mistake Sunday) and Jon Merrill continue to pay for their mistakes with trips to the bench and minors while older and slower veterans seem to get a pass under Coach Pete Deboer.
The Devils have frustrated fans multiple times this season by blowing multiple goal leads but this one in Yankee Stadium, against our most hated rival, in which Devils fans were in the majority, seems to hurt the most.
With the loss the Devils have moved further away from a playoff birth.