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Brodeur following Rangers-Caps Game 7: “I think we’re playing the best team”

Martin Brodeur

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur blows water into the air before the second period of Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Martin Brodeur might not be the biggest Rangers fan, but he’s got a lot of respect for them.

That was the message the day after New York beat Washington 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, advancing to a showdown with New Jersey for a shot at the Stanley Cup.

Brodeur, who has a lengthy history with the Rangers, spoke with Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger about watching last night’s affair.

“I think we’re playing the best team,” Brodeur said.

It’s fair to suggest that, as a goalie, Brodeur feels this way because of who’s manning the Rangers’ net -- Henrik Lundqvist. The Hart and Vezina Trophy nominee has yet to allow more than three goals in a game this spring and has allowed two or less in 10 games.

“He’s the Vezina contender,” Brodeur explained. “He’s kind of the top goalie in the NHL right now. For me it’s kind of nice to be able to compete against him. I’ll do my best to try to match up.”

Having read this, don’t go getting fooled into thinking Brodeur’s set for a Rangers love-in. This is the same guy, after all, who said “I hate the Rangers” in his autobiography and recently claimed this hatred goes all the way back to 1992.