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by George Malik on 02/08/12 at 05:55 AM ET
According to the Associated Press, the New York Rangers dropped a 1-0 decision to the New Jersey Devils due to a slightly controversial on-ice decision (which TSN’s Kerry Fraser says was incorrectly made):
Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils thought the officials got it just right when they waved off the potential tying goal in the closing seconds. Not surprisingly, the New York Rangers had an opposite opinion as they had trouble digesting a frustrating 1-0 loss on Tuesday night.
Brodeur was at his Hall of Fame best against his and the Devils’ fiercest rival and he made half of his 30 saves in the third period. The one puck he didn’t stop came off the stick of Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who appeared to get New York even with a shot through a maze of bodies in front. However, the goal was immediately disallowed because Marian Gaborik crashed into Brodeur in the crease after he appeared to be pushed from behind by Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov with 3.5 seconds remaining. The officials saw it differently, whistled Gaborik for interference, and enabled Brodeur to earn his first shutout of the season and the record 117th of his NHL career.
“I made the save, and after that it was a barrage of people. Then I saw the puck behind me,” Brodeur said. “It is kind of obvious. He takes both of his hands and hits my shoulder and pushes me back. I am sure it was the right call. They will probably complain about it but that’s the nature of the beast.”
Rangers coach John Tortorella protested vociferously from the bench, but declined to comment. Gaborik contended he was shoved and was disappointed with the call.
“I tried to put my stick on the ice and then just tried to stop. He just pushed me in to him,” Gaborik said. “If I had run him, I wouldn’t say a word, but I just tried to stop and he pushed me into Brodeur. We could be in overtime right now.”
Sportsline’s Adam Gretz provides one view of the non-goal via YouTube…
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