Last night, Martin Brodeur had every person watching the game on their toes as he lay motionless on the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose. Brodeur had the puck hit him in the back of the neck off a San Jose shot.
Brodeur lay motionless for a few moments but then started to go through the motions and make sure he had movement in his arms and legs. He would play immediately after but wasn’t out there for long as the Devils would pull the goalie soon after.
Personally, it was pleasing to see the respect from the Sharks fans as the arena went very silent once they realized what happened. There was a lot of respect thrown Brodeur’s way when he got back up.
Excerpts from after the game (per Tom Gulitti):
- “It was more of a kind of electric shock through my body,” Brodeur explained. “It was kind of a little numbness everywhere. It went really quick through my legs and feet and fingers. I wasn’t sure. I never felt that before, so that’s why I didn’t move. When I got up, I was a little dizzy, but I guess it’s normal when you go through a little experience like that.
- “When he made the deke on me, I kind of rolled over and my back was to him,” Brodeur said. “I think he tried to fire it real quick and it hit the top of my shoulder blade and my neck.”
- “He’s a pretty tough guy and he plays through a lot of stuff, so any time he’s down you know there’s something significant going on,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said.
- “I just got caught on the forecheck on an innocent play and came out of the pile and it didn’t feel so good,” he said.
- “I tried going the rest of the period,” Gionta said. “But with three or four minutes left I was having trouble getting around and I was more hurting the team than anything out there and I didn’t want to cost us any goals.”
- “I don’t know what the course of action is going to be,” he said. “Hopefully we can get past it. Obviously, it’s a little frustrating I keep tweaking it, but we’ll see what happens.”