New Jersey Devils\' goalie Martin Brodeur makes a save against the Ottawa Senators, Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP/Mel Evans)
The Senators rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit, with Dany Heatley getting the equalizer with 27 seconds left in regulation.
Daniel Alfredsson cut the deficit to 2-1 for Ottawa with a power-play marker in the second period.
Brian Gionta and Sergei Brylin each scored on the power play in the first period for New Jersey.
The series moves to Ottawa for games Monday and Wednesday.