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Brodeur on Kopitar: “I thought he’d go backhand”

May 31, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

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Anze Kopitar‘s overtime winner was a breathtaking way to finish Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but Devils goalie Martin Brodeur thought he had Kopitar scouted out.

After the game, Brodeur spoke with reporters about what happened on the play.

“I thought [Kopitar] would go backhand,” the 40-year-old netminder said.

As we saw, Kopitar faked going backhand before pulling the puck to his forehand and slotting it past a prone Brodeur. Kopitar told reporters after the game, however, that Brodeur had every reason to think he’d go backhand.

“I guess it goes back a few years ago to a shootout in L.A. and I went backhand on [Brodeur] then,” he said. “It feels great. Every time you get the chance to finish it off in OT, you know, to face a world class goaltender like Marty is, it’s definitely a good feeling.”

Kopitar also said that — for just one night — he got the better of the future Hall-Of-Famer.

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  1. blomfeld - May 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    “Now hear this” all LA Kings fans ! …

    this was a “highly contested” affair tonight, no doubt … nonetheless, there’s a glaring chink in the armor of “that” which is the Devils and it was bared “naked” for all of us to see tonight … I saw it with my own two eyes, just as I’m sure you did too … anyway, I do sincerely hope that our beloved Kings can see this chink as well and exploit it to the absolute and most fullest of advantage ! … GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. vindicatus - May 31, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    If the Devils lose this series, I’m not sure what will be worse: losing a potential 4th cup, or having to endure the Blomfeld “Summer of Elvis” that will follow.

    Let’s go, Devils!

    • blomfeld - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      “may the commenter known as Vindicatus soon find himself to be adrift upon a sea of joy, whilst being pursued by schools of highly attractive women !” … :)

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    It looked like Kopitar tried to put it above his pads and muffed the shot so it stayed low. The crazy thing is that Brodeur read his stick as going high and tracked it with his leg

    • stakex - May 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Hes not “tracking it with his leg” at all. Hes just trying to make himself, in this case his leg, as big as possible to take as much net away as he can. If the puck hits a goalie (no matter who it is) in that case, its nothing but luck.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        incorrect. the fact that you think it is luck shows how little you know about the position

  4. neelymessier - May 31, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    The playoff records going in are irrelevant. One excellent game that either team could have won.

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