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The Thinker
October 08, 2001
What goes through a goaltender's mind when Pavel Bure is racing in on a breakaway? Or Al MacInnis is teeing up a slap shot? Here are the thoughts of New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, one of the best and smartest netminders in the game
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October 08, 2001

The Thinker

What goes through a goaltender's mind when Pavel Bure is racing in on a breakaway? Or Al MacInnis is teeing up a slap shot? Here are the thoughts of New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, one of the best and smartest netminders in the game

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Penguins center Mario Lemieux on the power play

"I don't have to look for him—I know he'll be between the face-off dot and the goal line. If he gets the puck on the goal line, he'll shoot at a bad angle, trying to bank it off me into the net."

Blues defenseman Chris Pronger carrying the puck over the red line

"I'm aware that he might shoot. Guys know I like to roam, so they sometimes fake a dump-in and shoot on goal, hoping to catch me out of the net. Eric Desjardins also does that."

Flyers forwards Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau on a two-on-one, with Recchi carrying the puck

"Recchi will shoot, low to the blocker side. If it's two-on-one coming out of the corner, Recchi will still shoot, but he might look high to the glove side."

Rangers center Mark Messier facing off in the offensive Zone

"He might try to score directly off the draw. When we were teammates in the 1996 World Cup, he often talked about doing that."

The Avalanche makes a quick change and gets its No. 1 Joe Sakic line on against New Jersey's third defensive pair

"I'm thinking about getting a face-off. I'll be yelling, 'Get a face-off!' or 'Ice it, ice it!' "

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