NHL notes: Martin Brodeur lays blame for Devils' lost season

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur watches as he lets in a shot by Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel...

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur watches as he lets in a shot by Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (not shown) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 15, 2013. (TOM HICKEN/QMI Agency)

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New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur issued a simple response when asked to explain how the Devils, Stanley Cup finalists less than a year ago, managed to plunge so far this season they were officially eliminated from the playoffs Sunday.

“At the end of the day, when you don’t score goals or you don’t score them timely anyway, and when you do, you don’t score many, it’s going to hurt you,” Brodeur told the Bergen Record after the Rangers topped the Devils 4-1.

"It’s difficult to take," Brodeur continued. “We have a great hockey team and we competed real hard all year.”

The future Hall-of-Fame goalie then placed blame on the fact the Devils never replaced their top scorers, saying it was just a matter of time before his club was eliminated from playoff contention.

“There’s Zach (Parise),” Brodeur said. “That’s a top 3 forward we never got back.

"When Kovalchuk went down, it made a big difference in not having another top guy. That was probably the big difference that you see.”

BRUINS HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN

Immediately after battling to a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday, one that snapped a four-game losing skid, the Boston Bruins – along with fans – turned their attention to local citizens who fought a much different battle last week.

“It was a special moment,” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said of a post-game ceremony for first responders that tended to last week’s Boston Marathon bombing victims.

“We feel lucky to have a chance to actually shake their hands and talk to them because not everyone has a chance to do that.”

The Bruins stayed on the ice after the final buzzer at TD Garden Sunday to give the city’s newest heroes the jerseys off their backs.

“I don’t think we’ve forgotten yet,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously, everybody’s trying to get back to normal.

“Too much has happened in this past week to all of a sudden turn the corner and say, ’We’ve forgotten.’”

BRIEFLY

The Calgary Flames announced Sunday winger Curtis Glencross will miss the remainder of the season with an MCL sprain. The team also announced Sunday they’ve recalled Akim Aliu, Carter Bancks, Paul Byron, Mark Cundari, Leland Irving, Blair Jones and Ben Street from AHL Abbotsford … Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller is out indefinitely after suffering a broken hand in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks, according to the Detroit Free Press … Add Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to the growing list of players you likely won’t see again this season. According to the Miami Herald, after getting entangled with the Bruins’ Jaromir Jagr and falling awkwardly Sunday, Kulikov will likely miss the remainder of the season.


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