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Clarkson goes after Malkin over a misunderstanding

David Clarkson, Jay Leach

New Jersey Devils’ Jay Leach, right, and David Clarkson converse in the penalty box during the first period an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Newark, N.J. Leach and Clarkson were both penalized five minutes each for fighting with Islanders players. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

David Clarkson saw Martin Brodeur lying on the ice with a little more than four minutes left in the third period of Pittsburgh’s 5-2 victory against New Jersey. Thinking Evgeni Malkin was responsible, Clarkson defended his goaltender, even though it meant taking a pair of two-minute minors for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing in addition to a 10-minute misconduct. As it turns out, Clarkson might have gotten fired up over a misunderstanding.

“Marty kind of held onto it a little bit longer, I tried to cut inside and got in his way,” New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador said. “There was no room. I know I got a piece of Marty. I think it was me (not Malkin). At the end of the day I shouldn’t be there.”

It was all-in-all a bad afternoon for Brodeur. He took a shot to the face earlier in the game which broke his retro mask, to say nothing of the fact that he allowed five goals on a staggering 44 shots.