OTTAWA (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils cut down on the odd-man rushes to get even.
Jay Pandolfo collected a goal and an assist and helped kill all seven power plays by the Ottawa Senators as the Devils squared the Eastern Conference finals at one win apiece with a 4-1 triumph.
In losing Saturday's series opener, the Devils yielded an uncharacteristic nine odd-man rushes and committed 25 turnovers. After making two lineup changes on defense, they cut down dramatically on both statistics to take home-ice advantage from the top-seeded Senators.
"When you don't give up odd-man rushes and 2-on-1s and breakaways, I think it's going to make my job easier," said Martin Brodeur, who made 30 saves. "I think we did a great job. Even though they had a lot of chances, I was able to get myself in good position at most of the chances they had."
Ottawa had a glorious chance to take control of the series but came out flat and wasted four straight power plays in the first period. This was its first loss in this year's playoffs that was not a shutout.
"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 Three is Thursday in New Jersey, where the Devils are 6-0 in the postseason.
A healthy scratch in Game One, Albelin put New Jersey in front at 4:15 of the opening period, ending an eight-year playoff scoring drought on the Devils' initial shot.
"I don't think he saw it until the last second," Albelin said. "It's fun to score goals, but stopping them from scoring is my main priority. It sure is fun to chip in once in a while."
It was Albelin's seventh career postseason goal and first in 33 games since Game One of the 1995 conference quarterfinals.
New Jersey had a chance to double its lead on a shorthanded 2-on-none, but slumping Patrik Elias wristed a shot off the left goalpost with 8:55 to go in the period.
The Devils cashed in on another odd-man rush with 2:39 left. Just over five minutes after New Jersey killed its fourth penalty, Friesen raced down the left side on a 2-on-1 and wristed a shot from the faceoff circle under Lalime's right arm for his third playoff goal.
"I got the shot I wanted," Friesen said. "It was the same chance we had in Game One, a 2-on-1 where I didn't do what I wanted. This one, I just drove in and used Gio (Gionta) as a decoy and the defenseman gave me the shot, which is what he's supposed to do."
Ottawa came to life early in the second period, halving the deficit at 2:02 on Radek Bonk's goal. After Scott Gomez could not handle a pass at his own blue line, Marian Hossa counterattacked for the Senators and fed Bonk, who slid a backhander under goalie Martin Brodeur.
Ottawa nearly tied it 30 seconds later, but Brodeur handled Hossa's shot from the right circle off a 2-on-1.
"He's a great shooter," Brodeur said. "I think I'd rather have a guy shooting down the wing than pass across. I made the save, was able to control the rebound, also was able to make a big difference."
"That's why he should be the MVP in the league and that's why there's no question in my mind that he should be the Vezina (Trophy) winner because he has done it all year long," Burns added.
The Senators had another odd-man chance with 13:52 to go in the second, but Bonk could not handle Vaclav Varada's pass while breaking down the slot.
"I felt we gave them the first couple of goals on defensive breakdowns, like a 2-on-1 on their second goal," Ottawa center Mike Fisher said. "That was a little uncharacteristic of us, but I thought we had some good chances to come back. Brodeur simply shut the door."
Just four seconds after the Devils killed another power play, Madden restored their two-goal lead. He outraced defenseman Karel Rachunek to a loose puck in the Ottawa zone, avoided a diving pokecheck and wristed a shot from the left dot under Lalime's left arm for his fifth playoff goal.
"It's funny. I thought the defenseman, had he stayed on his feet, the play wouldn't have transpired like it had," Madden said. "I would have passed it, but he dove and I was able to get my skate in front of his stick, which blocked that, and then I hung on for a little bit and I was just trying to hit the net."
New Jersey went 14 minutes without a shot to start the third period before extending its lead. Jamie Langenbrunner came out from behind the net, spun and wristed a shot from the right circle that Lalime kicked out. But Pandolfo banged in the rebound for his second goal in as many games and career-best third of the postseason.
"The puck came right to me and I just tried to shoot it back as fast as I could, and it snuck through him," Pandolfo said.
The Senators lost defenseman Wade Redden midway through the third period following a knee-on-knee hit with Turner Stevenson. Redden limped to the locker room with what team officials called a "lower body injury."
Lalime made 17 saves and helped Ottawa extend its penalty-killing streak to 25.
Brodeur improved to 3-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average following a loss in this year's playoffs.