In the first of
301 eight games against the Devils, the Rangers recovered from a slow start and
Michael Del Zotto, a rookie defenseman, scored on the power play, as did Ales Kotalik. Another rookie defenseman, Matt Gilroy, scored at even strength. The Rangers also trailed, 2-1, at one point in this game. The power-play goals were a welcome development for a team that had the second-worst one in the league last season.