David Clarkson and Ryan Carter scored 1:54 apart early in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils' slumbering offense broke out in a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Clarkson tipped Petr Sykora's hard drive past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 2:27 to give the Devils their second lead of the game, and Carter pushed New Jersey ahead by two at 4:21. Carter, who has three goals this season, hadn't scored since Nov. 19 - a 37-game drought.
Carter also fought Brandon Dubinsky in the first period, a bout that knocked the Rangers forward out of the game with a hand injury. Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal, and Patrik Elias made it 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:53 left.
Sykora nearly had the winning goal after being honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL contest, but settled for the primary assist. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves.
New Jersey had been shut out in two of its previous four games, including a road loss to the Ra...