- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 2 on Wednesday night to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series at 1.
1. SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! The Devils didn’t feel like they got enough pucks on Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1. That wasn’t the case in Game 2. The Devils pelted 27 shots at the Rangers' All-Star netminder and came away with three goals after being shut out in the series opener.
Lundqvist is arguably the best goaltender in the world, but he is vulnerable to giving up goals high glove-side and off deflections. Ilya Kovalchuk beat Lundqvist high-glove side on the power play, while Ryan Carter and David Clarkson connected on deflections.
“They’re a good shot-blocking team,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “But part of that is on us to execute -- and [Wednesday night], our execution was much better.”
The Rangers blocked 16 New Jersey shots in Game 2 after blocking 26 in Game 1.
2. A STAR PERFORMANCE: Martin Brodeur didn’t look his age between the pipes. The 40-year-old netminder robbed Marian Gaborik on a pair of occasions. First, he made a diving save on Gaborik’s rebound attempt, and later denied him on his belly with his skate. Brodeur made 23 saves in all.
“The guys played well in front of me,” Brodeur said. “I saw most of the pucks.”
Brodeur is 9-4-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
3. BETTER EFFORT: In what felt like a must-win, the Devils were able to gut it out on the road.
“I thought we did a much better job with the forecheck,” Zach Parise said. “We didn’t turn the puck over in the neutral zone. We made their D have to turn and get pucks. We made it hard on them. All in all, we like the way we played.”
The Devils got down 2-1 in Game 2, but responded with Carter’s goal late in the second period, and, unlike in Game 1, proceeded to outplay the Rangers in the decisive third and final frame.
The Devils are now 5-4 on the road in the postseason, 2-1 in Game 2's.
“Every time we’ve been pushed with our backs against the wall, we’ve come out swinging,” DeBoer said.