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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 53 15 24 7 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 53 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 51 17 16 14 33
T. Zajac 45 7 18 6 25
D. Schlemko 45 6 9 -9 15
A. Larsson 53 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 53 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 42 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 15 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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