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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 11:12 AM / Features
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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden
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 PIT 35 22 8 5 108 83 49
2 TBL 37 22 11 4 119 97 48
3 NYI 35 23 11 1 108 98 47
4 DET 36 19 8 9 103 89 47
5 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
6 TOR 36 20 13 3 122 108 43
7 NYR 33 19 10 4 100 84 42
8 WSH 35 18 11 6 102 90 42
9 FLA 33 16 9 8 79 86 40
10 BOS 36 18 15 3 93 97 39
11 OTT 35 14 14 7 92 97 35
12 PHI 35 14 15 6 98 105 34
13 CBJ 34 15 16 3 86 109 33
14 BUF 36 14 19 3 73 118 31
15 NJD 37 12 18 7 79 107 31
16 CAR 35 10 21 4 71 95 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 30 9 11 -1 20
J. Jagr 36 5 15 -13 20
M. Zidlicky 37 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 25 11 4 -2 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 30 4 7 2 11
S. Bernier 26 3 7 4 10
A. Greene 37 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 17 4 .917 2.50