Thursday, February 2, 2012
Both Clarkson, Parise tally pair of goals
By Katie Strang
Both David Clarkson and Zach Parise notched a pair of goals in the team's 5-3 win over Montreal on Thursday night.
With his second-period power-play marker that pulled the Devils within one goal, 3-2, Clarkson surpassed his career-high with 18 goals. Clarkson, who recorded 17 goals in 2008-09, got a piece of Ilya Kovalchuk's blast from the left point to whittle Montreal's lead at 13:43. The puck glanced in off his shin-pads, a goal that was upheld after an official video review.
The 27-year-old gritty winger, who scored the game-tying goal in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers on a bizarre bounce off the partition with less than a minute remaining, said he feels pretty luck lately.
'It was just one of those luck bounces," he said. "I was just going hard to the net. Something's going on. ... I think I might buy a lottery ticket."
Clarkson added another -- his 19th of the season -- on an empty-netter scored with less than a minute remaining and picked up an assist on Dainius Zubrus' equalizer earlier in the third.
"It's nice," Clarkson said of his career numbers, "but at this point, it's not something I'm thinking about. We're in a tight race."
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Parise also tallied twice in the Devils come-from-behind victory over the hapless Habs.
The Devils captain recorded his 11th point in 11 games, beating Montreal goaltender Carey Price from the left circle to cut Montreal's lead in half, 2-1, at 10:36 in the first and went on to score the game-winner late in the third period.
Parise ripped a sharp-angle shot past Price for a 4-3 lead with 2:44 remaining -- his 18th of the season -- and said he was relieved to see the bounces go in the Devils' favor.
"About time, isn't it? They always go against us, it seems. So it's time we get some bounces," he said.
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Looking to ignite his trailing squad in the third period, coach Pete DeBoer juggled line combinations, moving Patrik Elias up to the first line between Parise and Kovalchuk.