The devil went down to Georgia. He was lookin’ for a soul to steal. He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind, and he was willin’ to make a deal. -Charlie Daniels Band
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Woo doggie! Look who’s back. Martin Brodeur is back. Back in the back of a Cadillac. Number one with a bullet, he’s a power pack. The don’t call him Satan’s Wallpaper for nothing. El Diablo! Dios mio! El Diablo!! 116 games ago, down went Martin Brodeur. Down went 544 wins. Down went ninety-eight shutouts. Down went a Calder Cup, three Stanley Cups, four Vezina Cups, four William M. Jennings Trophies, ten All-Star appearances. Down went the greatest goalie of our time. He ain’t down no more!
No folks, Martin Brodeur is back. Back with a vengeance. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Door. Vengeance was his last night all right, all right. Last night, Martin Brodeur, the Devilish Stopper, in his first game after a 116-day layoff due to an elbow injury, devilishly stopped the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0 in Newark.
Don’t call it a comeback! Ok, you can. You can say it’s an historic comeback while you’re at it. You can say it’s the first time in league history that a goaltender has posted a shutout after a gap of 100 or more days since his last game in NHL that season. Yowza! You can say the longest previous gap was 90 days by the Maple Leafs’ Al Rollins way back in 1950. How about that?
Now Marty’s quest continues. This is my quest. To follow that star. No matter how hopeless. No matter how far. To follow that star towards six more wins. Wins that would him with Patrick Roy’s all-time mark of 551. Follow that star towards four more shutouts. Shutouts that would tie Terry Sawchuk’s record of 103. And most importantly, follow that star towards his fourth Stanley Cup. Welcome Marty. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!