Devils coach Peter DeBoer said "whoever was going to score first tonight was going to win."
"They got the first goal. It was that type of hockey game. Once they got the first one, we had to open it up a little bit, and that's what happened," DeBoer said. "Like I said, I think whoever was going to score first tonight was going to win. And they threw a point shot at the net that found a way through. We threw a lot of those at the net, too, and didn't find one through."
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots. The Rangers blocked 26 shot attempts by New Jersey.
"It wasn't anything we weren't prepared for, we knew it was coming," Devils captain Zach Parise said. "We just have to do a better job of getting the point shots through and getting it past their first guy."