There is a Peter Pan quality to New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, a blend of old and young that makes him the perfect teammate to weather the ups and downs of a long NHL season.

The Devils were down 3-0 in games to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final and all hope appeared lost. Or it did until Wednesday night, when the Devils, behind future Hall of Famer Brodeur, squeezed out a 3-1 victory over the Kings to stay alive.

Afterward, Brodeur — who turned 40 earlier in these playoffs and played his 200th playoff game in the opener against the Kings — was light and relaxed. Personality-wise, he is the antithesis of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is so tightly wound and reluctant to say anything of consequence that only the clichés dribble out … even those don't come readily.