Brodeur stones Swiss shooters

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency


Martin Brodeur makes a shootout save against Romano Lemm during Olympic men's hockey action at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Canada's Sidney Crosby scored the game winning goal. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)


VANCOUVER — Hnat Domenichelli knew what he wanted to do.

Shoot low, stick side, just where he had scored on Martin Brodeur when Domenichelli was with the Calgary Flames in the mid-90s.

“I felt comfortable because I’ve played against him before. He’s really active and I knew I had to shoot. I made a good shot, shot to the corner I wanted, but he got his blocker down just in time. It was there, but he brought his blocker right almost to the ice,” said the Swiss forward, the first of four shooters to be stoned by Brodeur in Team Canada’s 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland Thursday night.

“Maybe he knew you?” Domenichelli was asked by a Swiss reporter.

“I don’t think so. I think he’s just good,” said the Edmonton native who has Swiss citizenship. “That’s why he’s going to the Hall of Fame.”

After Domenichelli, Brodeur stuffed Romano Lemm, Roman Wick and Martin Pluss — the last save with his glove — ending the game as Team Canada’s Sidney Crosby had beaten Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller with the previous shot.

Brodeur’s heroics salvaged the night for Canada, which blew a 2-0 lead and struggled to beat a brilliant Hiller.

“We’ve got put that game away,” said Canadian forward Jarome Iginla, a member of Team Canada four years ago which lost to the Swiss. “They played us hard, a good defensive game. I honestly thought we would win it before OT. We found a way to win it this year and we didn’t find it the last time. We know we left a point there (only two for a shootout win compared to three for a win in regulation), but at the same time this could be good for us, dealing with tight games.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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