Two shutouts so far
Maybe it's the just the circles I run in, but the lack of buzz over the New Jersey Devils playoff successes here comes to me as a surprise. The last time they were won the Stanley Cup Finals, we were in Denmark (I remember hearing of their victory at our B&B in Odense, hometown of Hans Christian Andersen), so I missed the hype or lack thereof at the time. The contrast with my previous place of residence, the sports-crazed town of Pittsburgh, seems to me extreme.
Here's an interesting quote from the
Bergen Record on Brodeur's two shutouts in the Finals.
Few goaltenders have had better starts to the Finals. Toronto's Frank McCool shut out Detroit in the first three games of the 1945 Finals. Clint Benedict (1926 vs. Victoria) is the only other goaltender to open the Finals with two shutouts.
It doesn't hurt that the Ducks' Paul Kariya, Adam Oates, and Petr Sykora didn't even get a shot on goal this last game.
We'll see what happens in this state on the 4th when the Nets begin their playoff finals with the Spurs.