Brodeur predicting Cup win for Sens?

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Is it an omen, pointed out by Devils goalie Martin Brodeur?

After Brodeur had some pointed criticism of Senators goalie Ray Emery after Game 4, the future Hall of Famer perhaps turned soothsayer in the lineup to shake hands Saturday night after Game 5.

Brodeur and Emery met in the line after the Senators eliminated the Devils with a 3-2 victory.

"I said congratulations and told him the last guy to beat me (Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward) went on to win the Stanley Cup, so good luck," said Brodeur.

The Devils lost to the Hurricanes in five games in the second round a year ago.

While Brodeur had words of encouragement for Emery, he also delivered what could be perceived as a backhanded compliment.

"(Emery) played awesome," said Brodeur. "He didn't have too much work. I've been with teams like that that shut down everything and it's tough, so definitely he answered the challenge."

Emery stopped 27 shots in the win, which he said he desperately wanted after oversleeping and getting involved in a minor traffic accident Friday, causing him to miss the club's charter flight.

"I was just pumped. I felt bad. I didn't want to be the turning point of the playoffs because if we lost that game, you guys (the media) would be all over me," said Emery.

"I felt bad for distracting the team even though the guys brushed it off pretty quick. They were joking around when I saw them ... That stuff going down (Friday), I just didn't want it to be brought up too much."


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