Devils Top Rangers to Tie NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals

David Clarkson scored early in the third period to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers.

“We’ve been playing some good hockey and we’ve got to continue to do it,” Clarkson told reporters. “That is a big win for us.”

Last night’s result at Madison Square Garden in New York leaves the best-of-seven National Hockey League playoff series tied at one game apiece. Game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals is in two days at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

“We have to take care of business at home,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer told reporters. “There’s a lot of hockey left and I’m glad to be going home.

Ilya Kovalchuk had his sixth goal of the playoffs in the first period and Ryan Carter also scored for the Devils. Marc Staal and rookie Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers.

New York’s second goal, on a power play by Kreider midway through the second period, followed an eight-minute interruption when the penalty box door got stuck, preventing the Devils’ Travis Zajac getting in.

The series winner will play the Los Angeles Kings or the Phoenix Coyotes for the Stanley Cup. The Kings lead the Western Conference finals two games to none, with Game 3 scheduled tonight in Los Angeles.

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