NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sitting on the bench in the second period after his shortest stint ever in a playoff game, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur never worried whether coach Pete DeBoer would turn to him again in Game 4 against the Florida Panthers.
Call it confidence.
Call it whatever.
The three-time Stanley Cup winner knows what he brings to the Devils. He is the rock at the end of the ice. He is the guy who the team can count upon when things go wrong.
Brodeur also is the player that the Devils know will bounce back after a disappointing performance in Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss that gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Game 4 is Thursday.