Avery continued to annoy Brodeur, who smacked the Rangers forward in frustration as he was hounded and face-guarded. When Scott Gomez spotted Avery in front, he sent a perfect feed from the goal line to Brodeur's left for a redirection score 6:50 into the second.
"It's a 5-on-3 and I'm trying to get to the puck," Brodeur said. "I'm trying to look around him. It was almost impossible because of the stick so close to my face. I've played for 15 years in this league; I've been watching games for 33 years. I had never seen that in my life.
"I don't think that kind of behaviour should be done in front of the net, but there is no rule for it."