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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden

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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47