Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils opened the preseason at home tonight against the New York Rangers. It was the first game of the Hudson River Rivalry since last season when the Devils got knocked out of playoff contention by the Rangers.
Cory Schneider got his first taste of the rivalry during the National Anthem when Devils and Rangers fans battled each other with cheers.
After a scoreless second period, defenseman Eric Gelinas scored thirty-one seconds into the period with a laser beam of a slap shot. The goal came just seconds after their power play concluded.
Just over four minutes later, the Rangers tapped a rebound past Keith Kinkaid to bring the game within one. But that was not enough for the Rangers as the Devils fended off late efforts from the Rangers.
The story of the game was Schneider, who played great in his Devils debut. Schneider stopped all 22 shots he faced in the first two periods of the game. He made an amazing sprawling save during a Ranger power play during the second period.
Kinkaid also looked impressive stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced. The goal he let up came off of multiple rebounds before Dominic Moore beat him.
Other impressive players included Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson, Jacob Josefson, and Rostislav Olesz.
The Devils did not have most of their top players on the ice tonight including Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, and Michael Ryder.
Attendance - 11,906
1st Star - Cory Schneider
2nd Star - Eric Gelinas
3rd Star - Mattias Tedenby