The Ranger organization saw its first game action of the 2013 preseason Monday night, as the Rangers fell to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, in the preseason opener for both teams.
The lone New York goal was scored by Dominic Moore, who skated in 148 games with the Wolf Pack during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons and re-signed with the Rangers this summer after six seasons away from the organization. The assists on the goal went to Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik, two young forwards who are battling to find their way on to the big club’s roster.
Among other individuals on the Ranger/Wolf Pack “bubble”, defenseman Danny Syvret played 14:39 and was even with one shot on goal; Brandon Mashinter saw 7:17 of ice, had two hits and fought Devil tough guy Cam Janssen; Stu Bickel, who the Rangers weren’t sure was going to be able to play because of a sore back, logged 20:35 of ice and had a hit and blocked a shot; Justin Falk was -1 but had two hits and two blocks in 14:30 of playing time; and Aaron Johnson was -1 with one shot in 18:58 of ice.
Also of note, Shawn O’Donnell, a tryout camp invite out of St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia who survived the first round of Ranger cuts, got 12:06 of ice time and was -1 with one blocked shot.
The Rangers are right back in preseason action Tuesday night in Philadelphia at 7:00.