Brodeur saviour again

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

In a see-saw game, the score was tied 3-3 when Swedish referee Thomas Andersson awarded a penalty shot to Zigmund Palffy of Slovakia.

Behind the Team Canada bench, assistant coach Tom Renney walked over to head coach Marc Habscheid and whispered in his ear.

"He leaned over and he said, 'This is a good thing,' " Habscheid said.

Renney was confident that Brodeur would make the save and that as a result, Canada's confidence would be boosted.

Out on the ice, Brodeur had an idea of what to expect.

"Early in my career," Brodeur said, "I played him a lot when he was with the Islanders. He had at least one or two breakaways a game on me, so I know a little bit of him.

"I knew he was going to try the five hole and if it wasn't open, he was going to go over to my blocker side."

Sure enough, Palffy moved in on Brodeur and, seeing that Brodeur had his legs together, swung to his left.

But at that point, the puck bounced a bit.

"I had him until he fumbled it," Brodeur said, "and after that, it was 'Oh-oh.' "

Brodeur already had gone down but Palffy still had the puck, even though he was rapidly running out of room. Flat on his stomach, Brodeur elevated his arm.

"I was just hoping," he said. "I threw my arm back and I was able to get the puck with it."

It was enough. The puck hit his arm and rolled away but it was clear from Brodeur's response that he had no idea where the puck was.

"I didn't know," he admitted. "I knew it touched me, but I was scared it had just touched me and kind of crawled over my glove. But I knew I had hit in the middle of my glove."

But then Palffy gave it away.

"I heard him tap his stick on the ice," Brodeur said, breaking into a grin, "and that's a good sign. When the guy is ticked off, that's good."

Renney's confidence had been justified.


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