The Devils scored 2.7 goals per game while allowing opponents to average 3.3 last season. Jack Hughes officially has an National Hockey League goal to his name - and one that he can chirp his brother Quinn about for the rest of his life.
Elias Pettersson had two assists.
The New York Rangers were frustrated that they couldn't find a way to solve Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom in the third period of this game. Hughes did not have an assist or goal in any of his first six career games. He was granted a leave of absence by the Canucks, and rejoined his team yesterday, backing up Demko in the 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Markstrom made a pile of big saves as his teammates stopped skating and retreated.
Boeser made it 2-0 for the Canucks at 13:34, shooting from the slot off Lundqvist's glove and in after Pettersson set him up in the slot following a turnover by the Rangers' Brendan Smith.
The Rangers have lost four in a row, all in regulation, since winning their first two games.
Palmieri's goal in the second period, his third of the season, gave the Devils their first power-play goal this season.
When Vancouver fourth-liner Jay Beagle cut underneath Mika Zibanejad and scored short-handed to make it 3-0 at 16:53, it seemed possible that Lundqvist's day would end early.
In the second period, Hughes redirected a Matt Tennyson wrist shot that deflected once more off the backside of Miles Wood and into the net. Panarin made it 3-2 with a far-side one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Fast at 5:31 of the third.