As much as Travis Zajac enjoyed tying Ken Daneyko's Devils' record by playing in his 388th consecutive regular-season game, that came in a distant second Tuesday night to his deflection goal in the first period. That cut the Devils' deficit to 2-1 to end a sloppy period, and gave them life heading into the second.

"I think it just helped not being down two and being down one," Zajac said. "We've been in that situation before, so it's not like it's new to us. If we play better, we'll get our chances and we did."

Daneyko, who now works for MSG Network, congratulated Zajac during an on-ice interview after the game. Zajac can break the record Thursday in Ottawa.

"It was kind of cool," Zajac said. "I got to talk to [Daneyko] afterward, and it's pretty humbling to see the type of player he was in this league and how big of a competitor that he was. That's why he had so much success and won [Stanley] Cups here. It's something I want to keep [as] part of my game."