Finally, MartinBrodeurhissyfitgate will be in the rear view mirror tonight when the Devils host the Hurricanes for Game 5 of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, which is knotted up at two games apiece.
Carolina got a much-needed win on Jussi Jokinen's last-tenths-of-a-second goal in Game 4, breathing life into the Canes when it seemed they were in danger of facing a 3-1 series deficit.
For the Devils, it's been much ado about bumpin', as all the talk has been around Brodeur's antics following Jokinen's game winner. Somewhat pushed into the background has been the status of captain Jamie Langenbrunner — who missed Games 3 and 4 with a lower body injury — and defenseman Bryce Salvador. Salvador left Game 4 after Chad LaRose accidentally rolled over his knee during a crease-front scramble. It appears both will be out, but player status is a big part of the theatrics of playoff hockey.
Finally, a big-time award for a Hurricanes prospect in the CHL.
Game 5 Previews And News
In Lou We Trust: Round 1, Game 5 preview
News & Observer: Playoffs take Canes, Devils for a wild ride • Ruutu's big hit set up huge goal • Lagenbrunner and Salvador likely out
The Star-Ledger: Uncharacteristic fire from Brodeur could be element Devils need • Devils put Game 4 loss to Hurricanes behind them • Langenbrunner, Salvador unlikely to play
CarolinaHurricanes.com: When is Game 6
Associated Press: Hurricanes-Devils preview
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Terry wins OHL Humanatarian of the Year Award
OntarioHockeyLeague.com: Chris Terry named Daniel Snyder Memorial Trophy winner