The New York Rangers played their first hockey since getting trounced in first round of the playoffs last year against the Washington Capitals in five games. The Rangers looked rusty in their first outing last night falling to the rival New Jersey Devils 2-1 in OT.
The game was held before a record crowd of 9,420 at the home of the Albany Devils of the AHL, it was the first NHL game ever held there. The Rangers whose biggest struggle last year was not having enough offense, had that carry over by not recording a shot on goal until 8:08 into the first period. Overall the Rangers were outshot 42-21.
Petr Sykora, back with the Devils and trying to make the team out of camp, put his team on the board at 11:34 in the first with a wrister he put past Henrik Lundqvist that was assisted by Devil’s first round pick Adam Larsson and Eric Boulton. The Rangers tied the game in the final five minute of the game, Artem Anisimov sent the puck to Dale Weise and he put it past Devils netminder Jeff Frazee from in front of the left circle.
Just 45 seconds into overtime Patrik Elias tapped in a Zach Parise pass past Cam Talbot to give the Devils a 2-1 victory. The Rangers and Devils will both play their second preseason game on Friday and they will again play each other, only this time it will be at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.