Ryan Callahan's shorthanded goal 7:23 into the third period tonight was the turning point in the game and stood up as the game-winner in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over the Devils.
Here's what I have from the key players involved.
Martin Brodeur on why he didn't just cover the puck: "I just wanted to keep the play going. I was only looking at Gomer. I didn't know (Callahan) was around. It's a simple play. Youv'e got to freeze that. The way I play, I try to keep the play moving. I made a mistake and it cost us."
Scott Gomez on how he got the puck past the three Devils that were around him (Mike Mottau, Sergei Brylin and Sergei Brlyin) and to the front of the net: I just took a little whack at it. I didn't really see it."
Mottau: "Everyone was whacking at it and I don't know who hit it, but that's unacceptable. We can't give up a shorthanded goal at that time of a game."
Brylin: The diference in the playoffs is in games like this you can't make those kind of mistakes on the power play. It was the turning point in the game. After that we had to look for the goal and (come out of their system) and that's not the way we're used to playing."
"We can't let up against these guys. That's what happened tonight. We gave them one or two chances and that was the difference in the game."
Brent Sutter: "He (Brodeur) saw everything on one side (of the ice) and when the puck was over on other side, he never saw the guy coming around the net. Obviously, if Marty knew he was there, the puck wouldn't have stayed there. He just wasn't aware that the guy was coming behind him. It was unfortunately, obviously. But the breakown actually occurred at the other end, (Greene) making a bad decision with the puck on the back end and allowing the rush to come at you and there were a couple of mistakes made in our zone before the puck even got to Marty not having the proper coverage."