NEW YORK - 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 last night.

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. Martin Brodeur was outstanding following Clarkson's game-winner, making eight of his 23 saves in the final period.

The Devils come home to New Jersey for Game 3 in Newark on Saturday.

AP wire services contributed to this report.