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Monday, September 30, 2013

Could passing of Marty's dad end the streak?

Marty Brodeur returned to practice today for the first time since leaving the team Thursday (his dad passed away before he reached home).

Brodeur met the media after practice.  Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger tweeted: "Brodeur said he'll be ready emotionally to start opener Thursday but said he's not sure he'll be ready physically. Called practice hard"  Tom Gulitti noted in his "Fire and Ice" blog that Brodeur will speak with Pete DeBoer later in the week (regarding starting on opening night, which was previously announced).

In addition to all of his other NHL records, Brodeur has started 18 consecutive Devils openers.  The last time the Devils used a different goalie on opening night was October 6, 1993 -- Ken Daneyko had the only goal of the third period to break a 1-1 tie as New Jersey beat Tampa 2-1 to give Chris Terreri the victory.  Darren Puppa was in nets for the Bolts, who were beginning their second NHL season.

To put the timing in perspective, the night before Terreri started for New Jersey, Ron Hextall made his Islander debut in a 2-1 loss in Calgary.  Joe Nieuwendyk scored the winner in the third period in the final opener for Al Arbour, and the first game that the Isles played since their most recent playoff series victory.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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