Brodeur Beats Replay Officials

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2003 Playoffs

Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots for his fourth playoff shutout as the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 for a two games to one lead in the Eastern Conference final series.

What made Brodeur's shutout so significant was a blown call by the video replay official, that failed to credit a goal to the Devils.

Jay Pandolfo's shot in the first period went in the net and bounced out so quickly he wasn't sure if he had scored. The red light never came on and most Devils didn't seem to react.

"I guess I have to learn to celebrate a little more. Maybe they would've gone upstairs to check it," Pandolfo said.

The puck was dropped before the video replay official had notified the on-ice officials of the goal. NHL rules state that no reviews can be made after play resumes.

"I imagine somebody will be held accountable for it, you've got to be," Devils coach Pat Burns said.

"There was no indication from anyone on the ice that the puck had gone in, and there was no indication from any of the initial camera angles viewed that the puck had crossed the goal line," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations.

"The in-net camera was the only angle that showed the puck had crossed the goal line, and when that angle finally was available, the puck had been dropped and play had resumed," Campbell said.

The only goal in the game that counted was scored by Sergei Brylin, who had his first playoff goal in 16 games.

"It feels great," Brylin said. "I had chances, and they didn't go in for me. I was just trying to stay positive, and I knew that it was going to come."

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