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The New Jersey Devils fought their way to a split at home with the Senators, but their playoff series will only get tougher now that it has shifted to Ottawa.

After dropping the opener 5-4, the Devils needed a double overtime goal from Jamie Langenbrunner to defeat Ottawa 3-2 on Saturday night to even the best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference semifinal 1-1.

Game 3 is Monday night at Scotiabank Place, with Game 4 on Wednesday.

''We didn't play our best hockey yet and we got back in the series, so these are the sort of positive things we're going to take from the first two games,'' goaltender Martin Brodeur said Sunday.

''It was huge. Being (down) 2-0 or 1-1 going into the other team's building - that says it all right there.''

Since shooting out to a 4-0 lead in the first period of the series opener, the Senators have been outscored 7-3, but came out of New Jersey feeling they could have a 2-0 series lead.

''We knew we had to win a game in their building and we won one, but we had a chance to win that game (Saturday night),'' said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray. ''I'd much prefer that.''

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