Devils Even Series

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2003 Playoffs

The New Jersey Devils bounced back from an OT loss in the series opener to a decisive 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators to even the Eastern Conference final series one game apiece.

"It was looking pretty bleak from everybody after we lost the first game," Stevens said. "But we felt we wanted to come and get this game tonight. We battled hard and got a big team effort from everyone."

John Madden, Tommy Albelin, Jeff Friesen and Jay Pandolfo scored for the Devils, who killed all seven Ottawa power plays.

"That's the sign of a veteran team, that we don't panic," Devils forward Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We knew what we had to do coming into this building, and that was to get a split."

Radek Bonk scored for the Senators, who saw their NHL playoff-record streak of 11 games without allowing more than two goals come to an end.

"I don't know if it's (being) ready or not. I think it was the specialty teams that were the difference," Senators coach Jacques Martin said. "I think our power play just didn't execute. I think that we had three or four opportunities in the first period, and you kind of lose momentum."

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in New Jersey. The Devils are 6-0 this postseason at home.

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