- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Editor's note: This story appears in the March 23 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
When goalie Martin Brodeur went down with a season-threatening torn biceps tendon on Nov. 1, the smart money figured the Devils would crumble.
The smart money was wrong. Not only did New Jersey not falter, but it has also compiled the league's fourth-best record. How did that happen?
The Devils managed to survive Martin Brodeur's absence by dominating even-strength play all season.