Martin Brodeur got his first taste of NHL action this season – and his first taste of action as a non-New-Jersey-Devils goalie – on Thursday. But he surrendered his first goal with his new team to a star player with a surname from Brodeur’s glory days.
Martin Brodeur was seeing his first NHL action of the season – and first action as a non-member of the New Jersey Devils – Thursday night, but in one sense, at least, it was like the 42-year-old was back in his prime, because he was dealing with one of the game’s rising young stars with the surname Forsberg. Only this time, instead of trying to stop former Avalanche icon Peter Forsberg, Brodeur had to face Predators youngster (and no relation to Peter) Filip Forsberg. And on this night, at least, the younger Forsberg beat him thanks to a highly-skilled play.
Making his first appearance as a St. Louis Blue, Brodeur had a 1-0 lead behind him late in the first period and made the first save on Preds center Mike Ribeiro after a Blues turnover, but nobody could blame him for surrendering his first goal with the team when Forsberg demonstrated incredible hand-eye coordination and batted the rebound out of the air and past him:
Forsberg’s goal was his 11th of the season and he chipped in an assist to help push Nashville past St. Louis 4-3. The rookie center now has 25 points in 25 games, and he’s not just continuing to embarrass former Capitals GM George McPhee for trading him for Martin Erat, he’s leading the charge for the Calder Trophy and the Western Conference powerhouse Preds. Solid work for a young man who won’t turn 21 until August.