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Brodeur's Talent Spans Generations

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Martin Brodeur made a mistake that a man his age should never make: He counted the candles.

He was celebrating with his family one night before turning the big 4-0 — he was booked for what turned out to be another party on his actual birthday — when he noticed the blaze atop his cake wasn’t quite the inferno he expected.

“I was a little disappointed,” the Devils goalie said. “There were only 20 or something, so they only went halfway on the candles. Couldn’t find a big enough cake, I guess.”

He laughed. For most mortals, turning 40 means collecting your gift-wrapped packages of Depends and Geritol, then waking up after a night of partying with six words running through your aching head:

You’re...

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