Dustin Penner and Samuel Pahlsson scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 23 saves for the Ducks, who are off to the best start in franchise history and lead the Western Conference with a 16-2-6 record.
Brian Gionta had a power-play goal and Patrik Elias also scored for the Devils, who began the day tied with the New York Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division. Martin Brodeur made 33 saves.
The teams met for only the second time since the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, when Devils wrapped up their third championship in a span of nine seasons with a 3-0 victory in Game 7. Giguere was the MVP of the playoffs that year despite three shutouts by Brodeur in the finals.
The Ducks received a two-man advantage early in the third period when Colin White was given a slashing penalty and Brodeur was assessed a high-sticking penalty 37 seconds later. The two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie stopped all four shots during the ensuing 5-on-3 situation.
But the Ducks grabbed a 3-2 lead less than five minutes later on Marchant's 22nd career short-handed goal while captain Scott Niedermayer was serving a hooking penalty. Marchant broke out of the Anaheim zone with the puck and got a return pass at the right of the net from Travis Moen before sliding the puck under the diving Brodeur.
Niedermayer, one of only five players with New Jersey for all three Stanley Cups, faced his former team for the first time. He was drafted third overall by the Devils in 1991 and had 112 goals and 346 assists in 892 regular-season games for them over 12 seasons. The 2004 Norris Trophy winner signed a US$27 million, four-year contract with Anaheim after the lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season.