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Brodeur on Kopitar: “I thought he’d go backhand”

Los Angeles Kings v New Jersey Devils - Game One

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 30: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings shoots the game winning goal in overtime against Dainius Zubrus #8 and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during Game One of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on May 30, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Anze Kopitar’s overtime winner was a breathtaking way to finish Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but Devils goalie Martin Brodeur thought he had Kopitar scouted out.

After the game, Brodeur spoke with reporters about what happened on the play.

“I thought [Kopitar] would go backhand,” the 40-year-old netminder said.

As we saw, Kopitar faked going backhand before pulling the puck to his forehand and slotting it past a prone Brodeur. Kopitar told reporters after the game, however, that Brodeur had every reason to think he’d go backhand.

“I guess it goes back a few years ago to a shootout in L.A. and I went backhand on [Brodeur] then,” he said. “It feels great. Every time you get the chance to finish it off in OT, you know, to face a world class goaltender like Marty is, it’s definitely a good feeling.”

Kopitar also said that -- for just one night -- he got the better of the future Hall-Of-Famer.