Ryan Carter is a heck of a story for the New Jersey Devils. On the fourth team of his NHL career at the young age of 28, Carter has carved himself out a niche on the Devils’ roster and, on Wednesday night, that niche resulted in the game-winning goal.
1) Ryan Carter, New Jersey Devils – Carter played just 7:44 on Wednesday night, but he used it quite well, tallying the game-winning goal with 4:24 left in the game to help the Devils to a 5-3 win and to give the team a 3-2 series lead heading back to Newark. Here’s how he did it:
2) Stephen Gionta, New Jersey Devils – Stephen Gionta continued to make a name for himself during these playoffs on Wednesday, tallying the game’s first goal and assisting on Carter’s game-winning goal. Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise scored the team’s other goals as the Devils moved within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals.
3) Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils – Here’s the thing about the game that Zidlicky played. He only had one assist, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Zidlicky also played 23:13, he had four hits, two blocked shots, played 2:37 on the power play and 1:01 shorthanded. Speaking of defense, Martin Brodeur stopped 25 of 28 shots for the win.
Play of the Night
Marian Gaborik had some good fortune with this goal, catching Martin Brodeur out of the net, then firing a shot from below the goal line to tie the game early in the third.
Save of the Night
The amount of spectacular saves that Martin Brodeur has made in the Eastern Conference Finals is absolutely mind boggling. On Wednesday, he added one more.
Minus of the Night
It might not be the “Tumbling Kesler,” but Brandon Prust’s swan dive after getting bumped by Peter Harrold was pretty great, in its own right.