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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."

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