Ilya Kovalchuk's wrister form the right circle ticked off Mik Sauer's knee and rose over Lundqvist and under the crossbar at 1:04. It was the first shot of the game and thr 15th goal for Kovy.
The Rangers held the Devils to one shot in 40 seconds of a 5-on-3 when Brandon Prust joined Marc Staal in the box at 11:20 In that sequence, Lundqvist gloved Kovalchuk’s slapper and appeared to twist his glove hand. Trainer Jim Ramsay came out to look at it and Lundqvist remained in the game.
When Tim Sestito was sent off at 2:20 for roughing Callahan, the Rangers power play showed some life. Mats Zuccarello and Michael Del Zotto at the points and Prospal, Gaborik and Wolski created some chances and Brandon Dubinsky, with the puck at his feet and the net half open, flicked the puck and hit the crossbar in the best opportunity for the second unit, which had Anisimov, Callahan, Del Zotto and Staal, who fired two good shots from the blueline. The period ended with the Rangers leading in shots 8-5.