May 16, 2012 12:00 AM
" Settle in, this might take awhile.
That was the message the Devils sent on Wednesday night, shaking off their shutout loss in Game One to take a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. The win tied the Eastern Conference Finals at one game apiece as the action shifts to the other side of the Hudson on Saturday night.
It was a tie game entering the third period, but the Devils changed that when David Clarkson deflected a shot from the point past Henrik Lundqvist for the go-ahead score. Martin Brodeur made the saves he needed to make against a Rangers team short on intensity.
The Rangers were lucky to get out of the period down just 1-0. Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a wide-open snipe during a power play, but the Devils were the better team throughout the period, and the Rangers looked more than a little slow over the first 20 minutes.
That sluggishness, added to the Devils forecheck, led to a slew of chances. Lundqvist and the post took care of most, but there was nothing either one could do on Kovalchuk's shot "
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