Big Story: The Devils return to Prudential Center for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers; they've won four of five playoff games at home this spring, including their last three. The Devils evened the series with their cross-river rival on Wednesday with a 3-2 win at Madison Square Garden when David Clarkson deflected a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 2:31 into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur earned his 108th playoff victory with 23 saves while Lundqvist took the loss for the Rangers despite 24 stops.
Rangers: For the third straight playoff series, the Blueshirts are 1-1 after two games. The Rangers actually led 2-1 until late in the second period, when Marian Gaborik's turnover led to Ryan Carter's tip-in from the left hash with 1:51 left in the period. Angered Rangers coach John Tortorella sat Gaborik for the opening 12 minutes of the final period before finally giving him a shift.
"It would have been big [to go into the third period up 2-1]," Gaborik told the media after the game. "I just have to do a better job there on the second goal. We had some momentum and they took over. I have to do a better job on the wall. It's a series. We just have to come back into their building and play better."
Gaborik has four goals, 10 points and a plus-3 rating in 16 playoff games for the Rangers this spring.
During the regular season, the Devils won two of the three games against the Rangers in Newark, but one of the two victories came in a shootout; Lundqvist didn't play in that game.
"We have built some momentum," Brodeur said. "And now, we have to try to take that into our building and make our building a tough place to play."
Who's Hot: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky had an assist in Game 2 and has a goal and five points in the last five games. He had two goals and eight points in 22 regular-season games after coming over from Minnesota.
Injury Report: The Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky (lower body) and Mats Zuccarello (broken wrist) remain out. … New Jersey's Jacob Josefson (wrist) and Henrik Tallinder (leg) are skating but remain out.
Stat Pack: Rangers rookie left wing Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal on Wednesday to tie the NHL record for most playoff goals (four) and points (six) by a player who has never appeared in a regular-season game. … The Rangers' defense has scored 10 goals; no other team has more than five from its D.