So first of all, the Rangers are now just two points (66-64) ahead of eighth place Carolina, who beat Philly 3-2.
Ryan Callahan thought there was a little hangover from the emotional, hard-fought 4-3 shootout win over the Kings 24 hours before. So did Devils coach Jacques Lemaire:
"I think it's (our) overall team that played well tonight," Lemaire said of his players. "There's only a couple shifts here and there where we didn't look organized....Maybe the lack of energy (of the Rangers) because of last night, at different times. They tried hard. It shows maybe we slowed down or didn't do what we were supposed to do, you can see they were coming."
Lundqvist said one of the main differences in the Devils was "just much more confidence, more structure....they were the better team tonight. They're in the race, unbelievably, but they're in the race."
That depends. The Devils are 12 points behind Carolina with 24 to go.
Among the other Rangers, besides Gaborik, with no shots: Christensen, Stepan, Prust and every Rangers defenseman except Marc Staal (one). Avery and Zuccarello had three each.