New Jersey increased its 1-0 lead early in the period with a Travis Zajac goal after the Hawks could not corral the puck near their crease. Duncan Keith had it knocked away by Ilya Kovalchuk and Zajac pounced.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur had to leave the game midway through the period after apparently suffering a right-hand injury. Johan Hedberg relieved Brodeur and made a diving stop on a Jack Skille breakaway.
The Hawks will have 0:43 of power play time to open the third period.