Tactics backfire on Brodeur

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Team Canada goaltender Martin Brodeur was asked after Sweden's 5-4 victory last night which goal he would like back.

"All of them," he said.

Brodeur felt that over the course of the evening, there were just too many defensive-zone mistakes -- many of them made by himself.

He started off well by intentionally sending out big rebounds.

"They were crashing the net a little more," he explained, "so I figured if I kept everything out farther, they couldn't get to it."

But the tactic proved to have its flaws.

"It's funny," he said. "The goal that they scored by Henrik Zetterberg, in an NHL rink, that puck's in the corner. Now, there's an extra five feet for him. It's kind of an adjustment when you're able to take your angles.

"Today, I felt that because they had a lot of control of the puck, I was challenging a lot, maybe it cost me two goals.

The winning goal by Kenny Jonsson didn't please Brodeur, either.

"On the last goal, we turn the puck over," he said. "Everybody comes back. We leave the defenceman open. He shoots. It hits two or three guys and it leaks to the guy who's got an empty net.

"It seemed that the clean shots that they had they never got anything from it. It was all the second effort and the third effort that they put in to beat us."


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