NEW YORK -- What could've been another remarkable chapter in the Hall of Fame career of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur instead became a day he'll want to forget.
Brodeur gave up six goals and was pulled after two periods in the Rangers' 7-3 win Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Brodeur gave up five straight goals after the Devils took a 3-1 lead, but he did not place the blame on himself, instead citing bad luck and excess odd-man rushes.
"Tough game to be a part of," Brodeur said. "You look forward to these kind of events and you have a result like that and it's not that fun."
Despite strong play this season from goalie Cory Schneider, Devils coach Pete DeBoer gave Brodeur the start Sunday to reward him for his contributions to the franchise. Brodeur said Saturday that he hoped to make good memories, but there won't be many for him from this game.
The Rangers sliced their deficit to 3-2 late in the first period when Marc Staal tallied a goal. Brodeur said the puck was going wide but defenseman Marek Zidlicky attempted to kick it, which careened the puck through Brodeur's legs and seemingly galvanized the Rangers.
In the second period, behind what Brodeur estimated to be between seven and nine odd-man rushes, the Rangers had their way with Brodeur. Mats Zuccarello evened the score early on, and the Rangers put three more on the board before the period was finished, the last coming with 29 seconds remaining. The Rangers' go-ahead goal from Zuccarello came on a three-on-one rush, and the fifth goal appeared to deflect off a Devils player.
Brodeuer said the Devils gambled defensively a bit once the game was tied, which helped created offense for the Rangers. "It was not something that we usually do," Brodeur said. "They made us pay the price because we weren't disciplined."
Brodeur dropped to 13-11-4 on the season, finishing with 15 saves. During the second period, with the Rangers rolling, Rangers fans mocked Brodeur with "Mar-Ty!" chants. Brodeur also called the makeshift rink "the worst ice I ever played hockey on."
"Bad luck. Bottom line," Brodeur said. "They threw pucks at net. They kept it real simple and I think four or five of the six goals I got scored on was through our own players, skating in. Just one of those nights."
Before the third period began, Brodeur talked to DeBoer and told him if he wanted to put Schneider in for the experience of playing in a game of this magnitude, he had no issue with that. While the move may have been fueled by Brodeur's performance, DeBoer did make the switch. The Rangers scored once on Schneider, with Derek Stepan cashing in on a penalty shot.
Despite the outcome, Brodeur relished the chance to play in an outdoor game for the first --and perhaps final -- time of his career.
"It was tremendous," Brodeur said. "The whole atmosphere about this event -- the mixed fans in the building, the aura of playing at Yankee Stadium, the whole thing was unbelievable -- beside the hockey game."