Monday, July 9, 2012

Julylights: July 9th, Martin Brodeur Stops Two Islanders

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

When talking about the elite goalies of all time only a few come to mine, and when you talk about those goalies that are still playing, the group becomes even slimmer. However, without a question, the leader of that group is Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur is on his way to the Hall of Fame, it all depends on when he retires and becomes eligible. Over the length of his career, he has racked up 656 wins, 119 shutouts and has eclipsed the 30 win mark 14 times.

When talking about Brodeur you can not help but picture his unorthodox style of goal-tending, flopping and rolling around in the crease and making saves that shouldn't be possible. Many players have fallen victim to his style of play, and sometimes, in the case of the New York Islanders, two players fall victim to it at one time. (Video after the jump)

It all starts with Michael Grabner on the breakaway. Brodeur shuts Grabner down. Then Kyle Okposo streaks in and tries to bury the rebound. Brodeur, on his back, makes the glove save.

It's a good thing the Devils' defense can be a little shaky at times, and it's even better that Brodeur is unbelievably good, because if not, we don't have one of the top saves of the year.

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