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The Prudential Center got its first taste of NHL playoff hockey Wednesday when the Devils took on the New York Rangers in their first round opening game.
The Rangers upset the Devils 4-1. Former Devil Scott Gomez tallied three assists, helping to lead his new team to victory.The Devils won home-ice advantage in a season-ending game against the Rangers that ended in a shootout. New Jersey had a one-point advantage going into that game and came through in the clutch to guarantee the extra home game.
The series marks the fifth time the rivals have met in the playoffs. New Jersey swept the Rangers during their last postseason meeting in 2006.
The Prudential Center has been open for about six months. While some say the new arena has hurt businesses, feedback has been mostly positive.
"Every time the Prudential Center hosts the Devils or another event, up to 18,000 newcomers to Newark arrive in our city and explore everything we have to offer," says Stefan Pryor, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.
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