NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils became the final NHL team to earn their first victory of the season Saturday, blowing away the New York Rangers 4-0 at the Prudential Center.
Goaltender Cory Schneider earned the shutout, stopping 22 shots for his first victory as a Devil.
Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils (1-4-3), who were playing just their second home game of the season.
The Rangers (2-5-0) were shut out for the second time this season. They have scored two goals or fewer in five of their seven games.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was shaky, allowing four goals on 19 shots. He was coming off a 2-0 victory against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday in which he made 22 saves.
Loktionov capitalized on a long rebound early in the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Rangers defenseman John Moore gave the puck away to Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who fired a long shot that was stopped by Lundqvist. The rebound caromed right to Loktionov, who buried it at 7:22 for his first goal of the season.
Henrique made it 2-0 about five minutes later, rifling a shot from the left face-off circle that beat Lundqvist to the blocker side.
Ryder's third goal of the season came at the six-minute mark of the second period. With Rangers center Dominic Moore in the penalty box for a face-off violation, Ryder ripped a shot from the blue line that found its way through Lundqvist to make it 3-0.
The Devils scored three goals on their first 10 shots.
Zubrus extended the lead to 4-0 with 5:28 remaining in the second period, backhanding a rebound through Lundqvist's legs.
NOTES: The Devils were without LW Patrik Elias (illness), RW Damien Brunner (upper-body soreness) and LW Ryane Clowe (head injury). C Lokitonov was set to be a healthy scratch before Brunner suffered an injury during the morning skate Saturday. ... The Devils hadn't scored more than two goals in a game in their past four games. ... The Rangers were missing RW Ryan Callahan (thumb), LW Rick Nash (concussion) and LW Carl Hagelin (shoulder). Nash missed the past four games. ... This was the Rangers' seventh of nine straight road games to open the season. They won't play their home opener until Oct. 28 vs. the Montreal Canadiens. ... The Rangers have allowed the first goal in three of their past four games.
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