2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils: Martin Brodeur Releases Statement Saying Comment Taken Wrong Way

Martin Brodeur still isn't talking to the media after morning skates, but the New Jersey Devils goalie released a statement through a team spokesman Wednesday saying his comment about hurting the New York Rangers with shots to discourage them from blocking shots was "off-the-cuff" and misunderstood.

After the Devils lost 3-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Brodeur said he hoped the Devils would "be able to hurt a few guys getting one-timers in the foot or their head or something" to discourage the Rangers from doing such a good job protecting goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The statement said Brodeur's comment was taken the wrong way.

"That was obviously not 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 know's Marty, it's not an issue. People are are looking for something. It's the playoffs. Marty will clarify his comments."

For more on the Rangers please be sure to visit our blog Blueshirt Banter. For the Devils, please check out In Lou We Trust and for all the latest news and updates, stay right here on SB Nation New York.

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