The Devils improved to 18-7-5 in openers all-time and 14-13-3 in road openers. They also won their season opener for the first time since 2008 (2-1 vs. NY Islanders). New Jersey is now 4-0 vs. the Isles in season-opening contests.
Martin Brodeur (18 saves) extended his own NHL record by appearing in his 18th consecutive opener with the same team.
Stefan Matteau became the 8th youngest player in Devils history at 18 years, 10 months and 27 days. He recorded 3 shots on goal in 7:26 of ice time.
Travis Zajac scored the team’s first goal of the season. Zajac, who missed the start of last season recovering from injury, also scored the Devils’ first goal of 2010-11 in their 4-3 OT loss vs. Dallas.
David Clarkson scored the game-winning goal. He led the team with 7 game-winners last season.
Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov were both +2.