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Devils even series with 3-2 victory

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NEW YORK (AP) -- David Clarkson's deflected goal 2:31 into the third period snapped a tie and lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece on Wednesday night.

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Clarkson built off the momentum created by Ryan Carter's goal late in the second period that tied the game, 2-2.

Ilya Kovalchuk had given the Devils a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the first. Defenseman Bryce Salvador added two assists, and Martin Brodeur stopped 23 saves for the win.

"We had to keep going to the net, and I think we were doing some good things," Clarkson said. "We've been playing some good hockey and we've got to continue to do it. That is a big win for us."

Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored in the second for the Rangers, who lost their third straight Game 2 after winning the series opener. Top-seeded New York, which had 24 saves by Henrik Lundqvist, hasn't had a two-game lead at any point in these playoffs.

Game 3 will be Saturday in New Jersey.

New Jersey got even at 2 when Salvador wound up for a shot at the blue line and fired a drive that Carter -- with his back to the net -- brilliantly deflected past Lundqvist with 1:51 left in the second.

Marian Gaborik stood up straight in front of Salvador on the play , but didn't drop down as many of his teammates have to try to block the shot. For that, he was pinned to the bench by coach John Tortorella, even through New York's power play in the third.

Gaborik returned to the ice with 8:40 remaining.

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