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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden

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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden

Newjerseydevils.com looks back at 10 of the top Devils games from last season in Great Games 2013-14:

#3 - Nov. 12, 2013: Devils 3, Rangers 2

The Devils made their first trip to Broadway riding a three-game point streak. After blanking the Flyers on the road and earning a shootout point in Toronto, they returned home to rout Nashville, 5-0.

They looked to stay on that roll heading into the second Battle of the Hudson. They had shut out the Rangers, 4-0, at the Rock on Oct. 19, receiving goals from four different players and 22 saves from Cory Schneider.

That strong play would carry over to the other side of the river.

This time, two goals from Ryan Carter and a late tally by Dainius Zubrus secured a 3-2 triumph, giving the Devils their first four-game point streak of the season and improving their record to 2-0 against their rivals.

Carter struck twice in the second period: Marc Staal needed only 18 seconds to answer Carter's opening score, but Carter restored the Devils’ lead, 2-1, with 47 seconds left in the frame.

It was his first multi-goal game since April 11, 2010, when he was an Anaheim Duck.

"Hockey is a funny game,” Carter said. "You get Grade-A opportunities and they don't go in. Then all of a sudden you throw a piece of junk at the net and it finds its way in.”

He'd already had a history of finding a higher gear at the Garden. He scored twice there during the 2012 conference finals, including the winner in Game 5.

“He always plays well here against the Rangers,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “He’s one of those guys that has the ability to raise his game in big games and important, gritty games."

Dan Girardi knotted things up again with just under seven minutes to go in the third period, but the score didn't remain 2-2 for long.

With 2:55 left in regulation, Zubrus converted on a 2-on-1 with Travis Zajac, breaking the stalemate for good. Zubrus scored off of his own rebound and beat Henrik Lundqvist with his first goal in 10 games.

Martin Brodeur delivered 33 saves for his third straight victory.

“I love playing against these guys, there’s no doubt about that,” Brodeur said.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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