With the loss, the Devils were eliminated from playoff contention.
New Jersey fell to 4-17-6 on the year when allowing the first goal. The Devils are 13-1-4 when scoring first this season.
The Devils out shot the Rangers, 27-22, and have now out shot their opponent in 24 of the past 26 games, including a 184-100 advantage over the past six games.
The Devils closed-out their 10th/final set of back-to-back games. New Jersey was 3-5-2 in first games and 3-5-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
Martin Brodeur started his 15th consecutive game this afternoon. He is 4-7-4 since returning to the lineup on March 21 at Carolina.
Andrei Loktionov, who was a healthy scratch in the last two games, scored the Devils only goal, his eighth of the season. He is second on the team (Patrik Elias, 9) in goal-scoring since making his season debut on February 18.
Ilya Kovalchuk picked up the primary assist in his second game back after missing 11 games (shoulder).
Peter Harrold also had an assist and now has points in back-to-back games (2a).
Anton Volchenkov returned to the lineup after serving his four-game suspension.