The stats are alarming.

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has allowed six goals on nine first-period shots in the last two games against the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

"It's been two games now with a tough start," Brodeur said after tonight's 4-2 loss to the Wild. "The puck doesn't seem to want to hit me. It's disappointing for me.

"We had a slow start but I think it's our job as goalies to make saves at the right time to weather the storm or whatever. I didn't do it, so it's not a fun thing not to bail out the guys."

I asked Devils coach Pete DeBoer if he pulled Brodeur at 8:17 of the first period tonight to get his team going or because Brodeur was playing poorly.

"I re-looked at the goals. I don't think he could've done much on them," DeBoer answered. "There was one bad bounce off a skate there. So I think it was a combination of me trying to get a spark, but for second game in a row we've started by allowing three goals on five or six shots. Everybody has to take responsibility, including me, for not coming out of the gate a lot better."

It wasn't the fastest hook of Brodeur's career. He was pulled after eight minutes in Carolina last season on Jan. 1, 2011. He allowed three goals on seven shots in that game, but Johan Hedberg was the losing goalie after giving up three more goals in a 6-3 defeat to the Hurricanes.