- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur reiterated that his comment about intentionally firing pucks at the New York Rangers in an attempt to injure their shot-blockers was taken out of context.
“I know what I said and I know what I meant and it came out in one paper that took it that way,” Brodeur told ESPN NewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor on Wednesday night after making 23 saves and leading the Devils to a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I mean, I might not have used the proper words as far as what I wanted to say, and you live and you learn. But it didn’t upset me at all. I’ve gone through these things a lot.”
Brodeur came under fire Wednesday for a comment following his team's 3-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 on Monday night. The Devils registered just 21 shots on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist because New York players combined to block 26 shots.
"They're hot. They're blocking pucks. Hopefully we'll be able to hurt a few guys getting one-timers in the foot or their head or something," Brodeur said. "Right now they’re paying the price to win and obviously that's what hockey is about."
Brodeur has stopped talking to the media following morning skates, but released a statement through the team before Game 2.
"That was obviously not the intent of his comments at all," a Devils spokesman said. "He would never even think like that. It’s just an off-the-cuff comment. What he was trying to say is that they need to get pucks through."
"No one would think like that," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger of Newark. "For anybody who knows Marty, it's not an issue. People are are looking for something. It's the playoffs. Marty will clarify his comments."
Brodeur has always been available to the media, but elected to stop talking before games because he was receiving a lot of negative questions about his team's lack of success in recent postseasons.
"In the past there was not as much negative stuff said to me in the morning," Brodeur said Tuesday. "I felt early on in the series against Florida everything I had to talk about was defending my team not winning two games in a row, not winning a series since 2007. And you know what? On game days I don't need to have that aggravation in my head. It was all because of these type of questions that were asked to me.
"I figured, let it be for the time being in morning skates. It's been working out good. I've been a lot more positive without bad thoughts in my mind."
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