Devils' Martin Brodeur unhappy with Yankee Stadium ice after loss to Rangers

January 27, 2014 - 7:07 am

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur gave up six goals on 21 shots in Sunday'€™s game against the Rangers, a 7-3 loss, at Yankee Stadium. But what really bothered the 41-year-old Canadian was the poor quality of the ice. "It was a tough break, a tough game to be a part of," Brodeur said. "You look forward to these kind of events and you have a result like that, it'€™s not that fun." Added Brodeur: "There'€™s no feel to it. Normally you rely on instinct and feel. They threw a lot of pucks at us. You put your glove out and if the puck hits it, fine. When it doesn't, not fine." Brodeur wasn't the only player that had a problem with the conditions. "A lot of holes," Devils winger Jaromir Jagr said. "But you understand that. When you make the ice so quickly, you'€™re going to make holes on sharp turns and starts and stops." Even Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was surprised with the condition of the ice, especially with the low temperatures. "€œThe only thing that I found surprising was the quality of the ice," Vigneault said. "You'€™d think that a day like this where it'€™s below zero Celsius, so below 32 Fahrenheit, that you'€™re talking about ideal conditions. You should be able to get ice and they had issues with the ice." Before play even started, the game was delayed 39 minutes because of sun glare off the ice that made it unsafe to play. "€œIt was so bright, and even for the quality of the ice, even though it was the worst ice I've ever played hockey on, you went from the shadow to the sun, it was almost a 10-degree difference," Brodeur said. "€œIt was unbelievable." A Sunday afternoon hockey game Yankee Stadium turned into a high-scoring affair that left many, like Brodeur, unhappy. "Besides the playing of the game of hockey, it was unbelievable,"€ Brodeur said.