Devils' David Clarkson makes it count

NEW YORK -- If he keeps this up, they’ll just start calling David Clarkson GW -- as in game winner.

Before Wednesday night's third period was three minutes old, Clarkson got a stick on an Adam Henrique blast and tipped it past New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist. That goal would stand up as the winner as the New Jersey Devils evened the series at one game apiece with a 3-2 victory.

Clarkson, who had a career-high 30 goals during the regular season, has three this spring. All three have been game winners.

“It’s nice. So far every goal is game winner, so hopefully he’s going to get seven more,” joked Ilya Kovalchuk.

For the longest time Clarkson stood and answered questions in his full gear, sweat still pouring off him.

“It would be nice if we keep playing the same way. I can’t say if I know it’s going to turn the series but we’re going to keep working hard as a team and get back to New Jersey,” Clarkson said when asked if he thought his goal might be a turning point.

He was candid, though, about wanting to be better than he had been in Game 1.

“I think for me to be successful I’ve got to be in those areas in front and I felt, not that I did anything bad last game, I just felt like I needed to be more in those areas and tonight I felt like I got there a little bit more and got rewarded there by getting a stick on it,” he said.

“The way I play, I’m not going to score the far-out pretty goals. I’m going to score the in-tight ones.”