Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Late Call Goes Devils' Way

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Late Call Goes Devils' Way

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NEW YORK - It was everything to be expected from a vintage Rangers-Devils game, solid hitting, strong defense, particularly as the Devils protected a third-period lead, and a great goaltending duel between Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist.

Plus some last-second controversy.

The Devils extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 1-0 win Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden as their special teams' play was better. Then, Artem Anisimov's potential equalizer with 3.5 seconds remaining was waved off when Marian Gaborik was called for goalie interference.

"I don't understand," said Gaborik, believing he was pushed by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. "It's frustrating. If I would have run him, I wouldn't say a word. I tried to stop, but he just pushes me into Brodeur."

"They've got rules," Volchenkov countered. "The guy hits the goalie, you get a penalty. I didn't really push him; maybe a little bit of a push. But I didn't push so hard. It was a good call."

Brodeur made 30 saves for the Devils (31-19-3) as he notched his first shutout of the season while extending his NHL career record to 117. The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers (33-13-5) were blanked for the sixth time.

"We saw on the video it was kind of obvious," Brodeur said. "[Gaborik] takes both of his hands, and he hits my shoulder, kind of pushes me back and impairs me to make a save.

"I'm sure they probably complained about it, but that's kind of the nature of the beast."

Rangers coach John Tortorella, mindful of the $30,000 fine he incurred for criticizing the NHL and the officiating at the Winter Classic, would not comment. But he did call Brodeur "the difference" in the game.

Lundqvist made 21 saves for the Rangers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped while losing their second to the Devils in eight days despite outshooting them, 15-1, in the third period as the Devils pulled back. …

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