Henrik Lundqvist was ready for Sunday's game but lamented the "low energy" in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils.
It was the goaltender's first matinee of the season, and Lundqvist (22 saves) sensed a difference between this game and the previous five night games -- in Chicago, Columbus and Montreal and two at home.
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The Rangers started well Sunday, then wilted.
"It felt like there was low energy in this game," he said. "Maybe it's the way that they [the Devils] play; they sit back a lot and wait for mistakes. Comparing it to the earlier games, where there was more speed and more energy, it was more about minimizing your mistakes and playing a smart game. It's disappointing."
"Coming home, we felt like we needed to get a win here and start building more positive energy in the group. But we have another chance already [Monday night against the Sharks]."
Kevin Klein and the Devils' Kyle Palmieri dropped the gloves at 19:13 of the first period and Klein landed more blows in the encounter near center ice. It was the first fight of the season for both teams and apparently gave the Devils a little spark.
The Devils' Lee Stempniak, who scored in overtime, said he thought Palmieri, who initiated the scuffle, "got us going a little bit at the end of the first, and we were able to regroup in the second."
The Rangers have scored nine first-period goals and only five in the second and third periods combined. They were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and are 8-for-8 in the last two games . . . Derek Stepan has 30 points in the last 29 games against Metropolitan Division opponents . . . Oscar Lindberg had his first NHL assist and leads the team in points with five . . . The Rangers play five of the next six games at home.