Pulling the struggling future Hall of Famer after two periods might have been an even better decision by the coach.
Brodeur was done in by multiple deflections and too many odd-man rushes Sunday against the New York Rangers outside in the cold and snow at Yankee Stadium. In all, he gave up six goals on 21 shots in 40 minutes of the Devils‘ 7-3 loss.
DeBoer went with Brodeur, the face of the franchise, over Cory Schneider, who has been on a roll lately. DeBoer felt Brodeur earned the start at the iconic ballpark for all he has meant to the Devils organization over two decades.
Brodeur appreciated the sentiment, but he wanted to play based on what he is doing now and not as some kind of lifetime achievement award.
It just didn’t work out as anyone had planned.
He gave up two goals in the first and four in the second.
“There was no way we could’ve played,” Brodeur said of the glare that pushed the starting time back nearly an hour. “The ice was the worst ice I’ve ever played on. You went from the shadows to the sun. It was almost a 10 degree difference. It was unbelievable.
“You rely a lot on instinct, and poise, and I couldn’t close my glove, it was so cold.”
“Some bad breaks. We didn’t help him out much,” DeBoer said of Brodeur. “At that point I had a conversation with him and we both agreed. It was actually his comment, that how about give Schneids the experience of a period in this environment.
“It wasn’t working for him or our group the way it was. So I give him credit for that. It made sense, too.”