And I can’t get it out of my head,
No I can’t get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead,
‘Cos I can’t get it out of my head.
-Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra
I cannot fathom how a man who has won three Stanley Cups and four Vezina trophies can let the New York Rangers and their fans get into his head the way Martin Brodeur has done.
Here is a guy who kept his composure while going through a very personal and public separation during the playoffs in 2003. His then estranged wife taunted him that she was having affairs with his opponents.Â It had so little effect upon him that he and his team went on to winÂ the Stanley Cup.Â
The gist of Martin’s personal life has been grist for the mill of taunting Ranger fans ever since. And while all the listeners to the Versus broadcast may have heard last night was “Maaarty”, fans in the Garden could hear chants of Â “Uncle Daddy” and “Al-i-mony” reigning down from the rafters of MSG.
Brodeur is currently involved in a law suit with his ex-wife who is seeking longer and larger alimony payment’s from Martin.Â Uncle/Daddy will have to work for as long as he can to supportÂ two families. I doubt he needs to be reminded of this but Ranger fans stick it to him at every opportunity.
Among the other chants I heard were, “Marty —–Â his sister-in-law, do dah, do dah” and “Fatso”, the later courtesy of Sean Avery from last years playoffs. So, the media may think that it is only Sean Avery in the heads of Marty and the Devils but in actual fact, the Ranger fans in MSG are as much there as Sean.
Last night Sean Avery, the bad boy of the NHL, the anger management poster boy,Â fashionista bad boy, retained his composure while Marty and the Devils lost theirs. Oh yes, the fact that most of the Ranger players were engaged in the game and John Tortorella backed his defense away from his “safe is death” policy had something to do with the victory.Â Â
But, deep down the whole Brodeur vs Avery rematch was in the hearts and minds of the Devils.Â It was put there by the media and the fans. The fans are the Rangers seventh man wheneverÂ they play the Devils, be it at the Garden orÂ the Rock.
Unlike 2006, should the Rangers make the playoffs, I live in hope that the first round isÂ against the Devils. Question is, based on their late season slump, will Sutter still be behind the bench or willÂ he beÂ Lamarilloed?