Updated: November 12, 2013, 11:58 PM ET

Just A Thought


Scott Burnside@ESPN_Burnside: Just when you

Just when you think we've reached the final chapter in the historic career of Martin Brodeur, he decides to pen a few more pages. Brodeur stopped 33 of 35 shots Tuesday night as the Devils edged the New York Rangers 3-2. The win was the third in a row for the incomparable Brodeur, who also has won five of six for the suddenly resurgent Devils. In the six-game span that has seen him go 5-1, the 41-year-old Brodeur has allowed just seven goals and earned two shutouts. And just when you thought the goaltending torch was about to be passed in New Jersey ...

Craig Custance@CraigCustance: It was hard not to be impressed with the effort shown by the Lightning in their 2-1 shootout win over the Canadiens. It's just one game, but it's another reminder of how much of a team game hockey truly is. Steven Stamkos, out indefinitely with a broken tibia, is irreplaceable, but coach Jon Cooper is creating a wolf-pack team identity in Tampa Bay that has never been about one player. Don't forget, the Penguins were able to win without Sidney Crosby for long stretches. If Ben Bishop continues to play the way he has, it would be a mistake to dismiss the Lightning without Stamkos. Early indications look positive, but it's only going to get harder for Tampa until Stamkos returns.

Katie Strang@KatieStrangESPN: A fine piece of reporting from our very own Craig Custance Monday night has sparked an interesting chain of events in Edmonton with regard to former No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov. Yakupov's agent, Igor Larionov, expressed concern over the way his client has been used by the struggling Oilers and said he'd be open to a trade. Yakupov admitted on Tuesday that he was frustrated about his ice time. I'm uncomfortable making a quick judgment on that, not knowing firsthand Yakupov's grasp of English and its nuances. Larionov knows exactly what he's doing, however. And right now, that seems to be making an already tenuous situation worse by ratcheting up the rhetoric for a team that really does not need the drama or distraction. It will be interesting to see how coach Dallas Eakins and GM Craig MacTavish handle this one; it could be a defining moment for both.

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Jordan Staal Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/Getty ImagesJordan Staal gets some help getting on the bench from the Avs' Nate Guenin.


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