The real Brodeur?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- The Senators will find out tonight if Martin Brodeur has stopped masquerading as Richard Brodeur.

The Senators have a feeling it'll be Martin, not Richard, the former NHL goalie, who'll show up and play much better than he did in Ottawa's 5-4 win in Game 1 on Thursday.

"(Martin Brodeur's) probably the best goaltender ever," said Senators centre Jason Spezza. "He's not going to want to get down 2-0. He's probably going to be the sharpest he's been all playoffs. We know we have to do similar things ... we have to get in front of him and we have to get tips.

Brodeur expects to play better.

"They got some good chances and when you give the puck to a quality player in certain areas, it's going to end up in the net. I can't get too down on myself ... it happened," said Brodeur.

Brodeur wasn't particularly consistent in the Devils' first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but stepped it up to make the difference when it counted.

What was hard to believe was that 4-of-5 goals by the Senators were top shelf on the glove side. Wade Redden's game-winner beat him low.

The Senators say they haven't pinpointed a weakness in Brodeur's game, but coach Bryan Murray showed the players videos of Brodeur before the series.

The media is convinced the Senators have found where they need to shoot on Brodeur, but Murray isn't buying into that.

"They were pretty good shots," said Murray. "You don't count on getting five goals on (Brodeur) very often.

"Let's put it that way. There were a couple of great shots that I don't know who could have stopped them. I give him a little bit of credit for bouncing back from that (first period).

"We respect him a lot. All we talked about was getting shots at the net. They don't give you many odd-man rushes and we were able to capitalize on (the ones we got). I don't know that I would point the finger at him on many. I just hope that we keep doing that."

The Senators know Brodeur and the Devils are probably buoyed by the fact they were able to turn a 4-0 first-period deficit into a one-goal game.

"You just have to look at (Brodeur's) playoff success, what he's accomplished and there's no doubt we can't expect that outcome every night," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. "To make the mistakes that we did to give them that many goals, we've got to be careful.

"A lot of nights, if you give them four goals, that's going to be enough for them to win.

"We have to be a lot smarter and we have to be prepared for one of those 2-1 or 3-2 games. That's the way it usually is against them."


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