Commentary

Full Strength

The Devils have made the most out of every equal opportunity

Originally Published: March 18, 2009
By E.J. Hradek | 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?

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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