NEWARK — Peter DeBoer bit his lip on Tuesday.
The New Jersey Devils coach saw some things in Game 1, some calls that were not made, but he didn’t vent during a news conference with reporters the day after the Devils lost 3-0 against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
The Rangers took a lead in that game when Dan Girardi blasted a shot past Martin Brodeur early in the third period. As the puck went through the crease, so too did Rangers forward Derek Stepan. Did he make contact with Brodeur?
“It looked like a bump to me,” DeBoer said without elaborating.
And did Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto close his hand the puck not long before the second Rangers goal?
“It looked like a hand on the puck,” DeBoer said.
DeBoer realizes there is no point in complaining about missed calls. He doesn’t want to get fined by the NHL and nothing will be changed.