With the sixth two-goal game of his career already under his belt, Devils right wing David Clarkson missed on a couple of chances in the final minute to complete his first career hat trick, with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on the bench for a sixth attacker. First, Patrik Elias’ lead pass off the boards was just a little too far ahead of Clarkson and he couldn’t catch up with it until the puck was past the net.
Then, when teammate Travis Zajac tried to pass the puck to Clarkson outside the Rangers’ blue line, Blueshirts defenseman Michael Del Zotto grabbed it to prevent Clarkson from having a breakaway on the empty net.
"He grabbed it with his hand," Clarkson said. "I guess it was a pretty smart play by him because we would have been gone."
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur thought Clarkson could have been awarded a goal because Del Zotto prevented a clear scoring chance by committing a penalty, but, under Rule 25.1, Clarkson needed to have "possession and control of the puck" for a goal to be awarded.
"It would be nice to get, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter," Clarkson said. "The most important thing is that win and how the team did."
Night for Caron
The Devils will honor longtime goaltending coach Jacques Caron in a ceremony prior to their March 16 home game against Montreal. Caron, semi-retired, is in his 20th season with the Devils’ organization and was instrumental in the career of Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts and a four-time Vezina Trophy winner.
"I’m happy for him," Brodeur said. "He’s been a big part of my career and my success, so for him to get recognized by the organization, I think it’s a great honor and a well-deserved one
David Clarkson settles for win
Bergen Record | Feb 6