A key save was the one at the end of the second period, where Markstrom stared down a wide-open Lias Andersson and kicked out the shot attempt. The Rangers averaged 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes per game. He became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score his first NHL goal (Craig Wolanin holds the record) and the ninth player in league history to pot his first puck in a game against his brother (a feat last accomplished by Marcus Foligno in 2012).
It was Markstrom's first game since October 12. That created more space and shooting responsibility at the point for rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes, who replaced Alex Edler on the top unit and was able to get one-timers on target.
Both the Rangers and Devils entered the season with considerable hype thanks to flashy offseasons, but New Jersey had the higher season win total and the shorter Stanley Cup odds.
The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first period when Tony DeAngelo pounced on a loose puck in front of the Devils' goal and flicked a shot over the left shoulder of Blackwood.
The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season for the two teams.
Though it certainly took longer than he would have liked, the first goal was surely well worth the wait, standing as the game-winner in a 1-0 Devils victory and earning Jack first star honours. Hughes' assist came when he tipped Matt Tennyson's centering pass toward Wood. But the Devils' Nikita Gusev put the game away with his third of the season at the 12:21 mark of the final period.