Martin Brodeur, presumably while listening to "Triple-H's" theme song

Between violent hits, big upsets, the Kings’ dominance and other story lines, there has been plenty to talk about so far in this year’s NHL playoffs.

One of the topics (players) that I don’t think people have talked about or are talking about enough, though, is Martin Brodeur.

When athletes who have had as successful a career as Brodeur begin to age, we usually only continue to talk about them if they find a way to maintain their level of excellence at a crazy age or if they totally fall off a cliff. When they simply become solid veteran players, we almost forget they exist until they retire or are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

That’s what it seems has happened with Brodeur this post-season.

He wasn’t excellent on Wednesday night in Game 5 against the Rangers, but he was good enough to win.

He hasn’t been close to the Brodeur of the 90′s and early 2000′s, understandably so, but he has been pretty good over the last six weeks. In fact, Brodeur is probably enjoying his best post-season performance since he led the Devils to their third Stanley Cup in 2003.

In 17 games of the 2012 Playoffs so far, Brodeur has compiled an 11-5 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Those numbers aren’t off the charts, but the guy’s been good enough to have his team within a game of the Stanley Cup Final, and nearly half of those starts have come after his 40th birthday.

Considering his age, his minutes logged over a Hall of Fame career and everything he’s already accomplished, I’d say his solid performance in this post-season warrants a little more attention.

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