SUNRISE, Fla. - John Madden scored twice in the New Jersey Devils' 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, giving Brent Sutter his first NHL coaching victory.
Andy Greene and Mike Mottau also scored for the Devils, who opened the season with a 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay the previous night.
Kevin Weekes started in goal for the Devils and stopped 32 shots. He was particularly strong in the first period when Florida outshot New Jersey 21-9.
Cory Murphy scored a power-play goal for Florida, which had won its last three home openers. Tomas Vokoun, acquired from Nashville in the off-season, made 21 saves.
The Devils are opening the season with nine consecutive road games while construction wraps up on their new arena in Newark. New Jersey is back at Florida on Thursday.
With the teams tied 1-1 in the second period, Madden gave New Jersey the lead with a power-play goal. Vokoun went behind the net to play the puck, but David Clarkson poked it away from him. Madden grabbed the puck and his pass to the front of the net went in off the skate of Panthers defenceman Branislaz Mezei.
Green added to the lead at 17:44 with another power-play goal. After Patrick Elias' slap shot went wide and bounced off the board, Green grabbed the rebound and fired a shot that went in off Vokoun.
Madden opened the scoring 1:02 into the game when he redirected Arron Asham's pass on a 2-on-1.
Murphy tied the score at 9:13 with Florida on a two-man advantage when he one-timed Rostislav Olesz's cross-ice pass.
Mottau scored the only goal of the third period when his wrist shot from the point beat Vokoun through a screen.
Notes: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game. ... Florida D Mike Van Ryn was a healthy scratch. ... Florida LW Richard Zednik missed his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury. ... New Jersey RW Mike Rupp left the ice in the second period after colliding with Panthers D Ruslan Salei.