Thursday, May 17, 2012
Brodeur: MSG a 'tough place to play'
By Mike Mazzeo
Despite the constant abuse he faces from Rangers fans, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has said he enjoys playing at Madison Square Garden.
But he's not too fond of the rink itself.
"It's a tough place to play," Brodeur said following the Devils' 3-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.
"There's so many bad bounces. The ice is not good, the boards are awful and the glass makes crazy bounces everywhere. In the second period, I think two or three just went right in front of my net. So mentally it's a tough game to play because you really have to look at the puck all game long."
• And about that penalty box door ...
Travis Zajac was probably the only one inside the arena who wasn't laughing after he took an interference penalty in the second period.
Zajac skated over to the penalty box to serve his two-minute minor, but the door wouldn't open.
The game was delayed for several minutes as a result.
At one point, Zajac sat in the home penalty box before workers -- after having tried to kick it in unsuccessfully -- finally got the away penalty box door open. Zajac tested to make sure the door would open once he finished serving his penalty. It did.
"Yeah, it slowed down a little bit of the game," Brodeur said. "I think the pace of the game. Again, things like that happen. You can't worry about it too much. Because it just happened that they scored probably in the next shift after we had the long wait. So it's not a fun thing, but it was sort of both teams."
• David Clarkson had the game-winning goal for the Devils in the third period. Four of his five career playoff goals have been game-winners, according to ESPN Stats & Information.