Matt Duchene’s tiebreaking goal in the third period powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
The Devils opened the season with two road wins for the first time in team history, starting with a 6-4 victory at Philadelphia last Thursday and beating the Panthers 5-1 in Florida.
Damon Severson scored his first NHL goal to cap a four-goal opening period by New Jersey and the Devils chased Roberto Luongo early to beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Saturday night.
The goal, obviously, is to get back to the playoffs. But that will be a challenge for the New Jersey Devils in the post-Martin Brodeur era.
One of the best free agent forwards available is now a Devil.
The Rangers will try to create some breathing room in the tightening Eastern Conference playoff race against the Wild on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Marian Gaborik marked his first game as an opposing player in Minnesota with an assist during a three-goal second period for the New York Rangers, and Martin Biron made 26 saves in a 5-2 win over the Wild on Saturday night.