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DeBoer on missed Del Zotto penalty: “It was irrelevant”

May 14, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

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Moments before Chris Kreider buried an insurance 2-0 goal in the third period of a 3-0 New York Rangers Game 1 win, it appeared that Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto closed his hand on a puck and passed it along the boards in his own zone. That would normally be a minor penalty but it went undetected by referees and that Kreider goal followed shortly afterward.

Apparently it went undetected by the Devils too, though.

Tom Gulitti reports that Zach Parise, Adam Henrique and Peter DeBoer all admitted that they didn’t see the Del Zotto would-be infraction. DeBoer wasn’t eager to use that missed penalty as an excuse, either.

“I don’t know; I haven’t looked at the tape,” DeBoer said. “It was irrelevant. That wasn’t why we lost. But I didn’t see that.”

Perhaps DeBoer and the Devils’ thoughts might change once they see replays of the situation, yet they deserve credit for accepting their end of the situation.

  1. duece430 - May 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    For once, the refs actually missed a call in the Rangers favor

  2. brian32556 - May 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Devils pregame: “Hey, we got 6 days off!” Devils postgame: “We’re a little rusty after 6 days off.” Doesn’t matter, you were shut down by the best D in the league!! Hoot hoo!

    • jpelle82 - May 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      best goalie maybe, but the rangers were exposed throughout the 1st and 2nd period. lundquist won this game.

  3. dominicthedonkey - May 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Calls are constantly missed on both sides throughout the game…is this really news worthy? NOt!!!!!

  4. vindicatus - May 15, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    This was a pretty blatant miss, so it’s newsworthy. Not the reason for the loss, but when the NBC commentators call it and the refs don’t, there’s a problem.

  5. mgp1219 - May 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Del Zotto was just down trying to block a shot…behind his own net, and his hand just fell on the puck. Isn’t that right, Rangers fans??

  6. 1337ryan - May 15, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    He was on the ice because he was tripped, lol, so what’s the problem?

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