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Great Games #3 - Carter strikes twice at Garden

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils 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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