Rapid Reaction: Devils 2, Rangers 1

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
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What it means: In the first game -- albeit a preseason one -- of the Alain Vigneault era in New York, the Rangers surrendered bragging rights in a 2-1 loss to the Devils at Prudential Center. Naturally, it wasn't pretty hockey, but more importantly it was a chance for Vigneault to catch a glimpse of his new charges in action. And let's not start on the impotent power play quite yet. Keep in mind the new guy hasn't had much time to work with the ailing unit, which, judging from Monday, still has plenty of room to improve.

Devils debut: Devils goaltender Cory Schneider received a warm welcome in his first game since joining New Jersey in a shocking draft-day trade in June. Schneider made a terrific stick save to rob Brad Richards early in the second period and had the Prudential Center crowd chanting his name later on in the middle frame. The former Canuck, who is slated to back up Martin Brodeur during the regular season, turned away all 22 shots faced over two periods of play before being replaced by Keith Kinkaid.

Back in blue: After missing all of last season following the death of his wife, Katie, Dominic Moore returned to action for his second tour as a Ranger, scoring a third-period goal that cut the Devils’ lead in half. Moore backhanded a rebound past Kinkaid at 4:50 for the Rangers’ lone goal of the night.

Teddy time: Devils winger Rostislav Olesz set up linemate Mattias Tedenby with a sharp behind-the-back pass for the first goal of the game. Tedenby chipped the puck past Henrik Lundqvist from in front for a 1-0 Devils lead at 10:20 of the first period.

New addition: Less than an hour before the puck dropped at Prudential Center, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the team had signed Swiss forward Damien Brunner to a professional tryout contract for training camp. The 27-year-old Brunner, who had 12 goals and 26 points as a Detroit Red Wing last season, will begin practicing with the Devils on Tuesday, Lamoriello said.

Drop the gloves: Rangers forward Brandon Mashinter and Devils tough guy Cam Janssen sparked a response from the crowd in the second period as the two dropped the gloves for a heavyweight bout. Both players received fighting majors plus additional minors for taking off their helmets before tussling.

Up next: Rangers at Flyers, Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET; Devils vs. Islanders, Thursday at 7 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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