Devils defenseman Paul Martin said his right knee was OK after a near knee-on-knee collision with the Rangers Chris Drury in a 3-2 loss to the Blueshirts at Prudential Center.
The collision occurred between the circles in the Devils' zone with 3:42 left in the first period. Drury's right leg connected with Martin's right leg and both plays went down.
Martin admitted he was initially concerned that he was injured.
"It had a weird feeling about it at first, like a stinger kind of," Martin said. "Then, as the game went on, it loosened up and felt better."
Martin said, "it kind of was" a knee-on-knee collision.
"But I knew he wouldn't do that on purpose," Martin said. "If anything, he might have tried to get out of the way. I'm not sure. I don't think he would have done it on purpose."
Drury said it was not intentional.
"I was forechecking as hard as I could," he said. "I am not trying to hurt anyone or knee anybody. I haven't seen the tape, but our video guys said I didn't really do anything. I didn't stick my leg out. I was just going right at him. He is so shifty, he moved out of the way and I just caught a bad part of him. I'm glad he is OK. I am certainly not trying to go knee-on-knee with anybody."
Martin's defense partner, Johnny Oduya, didn't think it was on purpose either, but he still thought it was a "dangerous" play and immediately jumped Drury. Oduya wasn't sure why he got a four-minute double minor for roughing and Drury only got two minutes for kneeing.
"I think that's a more dangerous play," Oduya said of the kneeing. "I don't think it was intentional, but to come across like that, guys get hurt."
In hindsight, Oduya regretted his actions because Ales Kotalik scored the goal that tied it at 2-2 on the resulting Rangers' power play..
"For sure because they scored a goal," he said. "Afterward, it's not a good thing if they scored goal. I thought maybe I would get two (minutes). But you don't want to get scored on."
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said Oduya's reaction was understandable and did not seem to blame him.
"He wants to show he's protecting the guys and all of this." Lemaire said. "That's normal how a player wwill think. I was surprised he got four minutes. I was more upset [about] the four minutes than anything else because they're doing the hit that could have injured a player and we ended up with the extra penalty."
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