NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout in his first
preseason game, and Greg Moore set up both New York goals in the
Rangers' 2-0 victory over the depleted New Jersey Devils on
Lundqvist was untested in the first period when New York
dominated play and held a 21-1 shots advantage. The Devils picked
up their pace over the final 40 minutes, but were outshot 48-22
Moore assisted on newcomer Matt Cullen's first goal with the
Rangers in the opening period, and then helped Petr Prucha score in
The Rangers, who won their exhibition opener in New Jersey on
Tuesday night, used a completely different lineup in the second
half of the home-and-home series. Eleven New Jersey players dressed
for both games.
This one featured more star power for New York in a half-empty
Madison Square Garden. Brendan Shanahan was in the starting lineup
in his Rangers debut, facing off against the team that selected him
with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1987 draft.
The Rangers were without Jaromir Jagr, who is expected to sit
out the preseason as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Jagr was
injured during New Jersey's sweep of New York in the first round of
last season's playoffs.
Devils backup Scott Clemmensen kept his team in the game by
stopping 27 of 29 shots in just under 33 minutes. He was relieved
by Frank Doyle, who made 20 saves and remained perfect in the
preseason over three games.
Cullen, signed away from the Stanley Cup champion Carolina
Hurricanes this summer, took a pass from Moore on New York's side
of center ice and carried it all the way up. He finished with a
backhander under the crossbar with 4:39 left in the first.
Prucha chipped in a centering pass from Moore 1:20 into the
Lundqvist, a finalist last season for the Vezina Trophy in his
rookie year, played the entire game because he is expected to stay
home while the Rangers travel to Puerto Rico for an exhibition
contest against Florida this weekend.
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