The comments made by two star athletes in two different sports over the weekend were notable, though not much was made in the media of the comments made by the athlete that actually won their game.
On Saturday night in Atlanta, the New Jersey Devils fell behind 3-1 before the end of the first period, with goaltender Martin Brodeur giving up three goals on only six shots.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire pulled Brodeur after the period, and inserted backup Yann Danis to start the second stanza.
The Devils, who had outshot the Thrashers 24-6 in the opening period, didn’t quit after their No. 1 goalie was pulled. New Jersey rallied, scoring four straight goals over the final 40 minutes, and pulled out a 5-4 victory.
Was Brodeur upset about getting the quick hook?
As reported by the Associated Press, Brodeur didn’t even beg Lemaire to put him back out on the ice. “No, no, no. We needed a kick in the butt. It’s all about winning, with me or without me” (AP, Devils lift Brodeur after period, still win 5-4, Dec. 19, 2009).
The star goalie also acknowledged his coach’s right in removing him from the game, sta...
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