The Devils were trailing, 4-2, when Marek Zidlicky shot the puck in at 13:53 of the third period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown. But there was also no penalty called on Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey, who grabbed the puck with his glove and threw it out of the crease.

“It should (a goal or a penalty),” Zidlicky said. “But the ref is in charge out there. When I took that shot I heard the whistle.”

Devils coach Pete DeBoer called the play a non factor.

“I didn’t get an explanation. It’s one of those things where if you’re going to put yourself at the mercy of the referees late in the game, that’s your own fault,” DeBoer said.

• Goalie Johan Hedberg made his first back-to-back starts since Nov. 12-15 last season. Martin Brodeur, who chose not to start because of a sore back, said he could have come in.

How was Brodeur's back feeling after the game?

“A little stiff still. At least have three days to figure out what to do to get it better,” he said.

He said he never really has had this injury before.