Rangers 3, Devils 1
A couple of quick observations after a fairly eventful first period:
—If the Rangers sought an upgrade when they traded Dominic Moore for Adam Hall, they might have been on to something. I know, I know, it’s the first period of the first exhibition game. But with the second goal of the game, Hall already has proven an ability to finish, something the otherwise effective Moore struggled with all of last year.
—You get the sense a member of the coaching staff might have pulled Hugh Jessiman aside at some point and said something along the lines of, “Hugh, if you want to have any chance of making the NHL anytime soon, I’d hit everything that moves out there.” I say that because that’s what Jessiman has been doing, throwing his body around to great effect in the offensive zone, and even getting called for boarding midway through the first. No, we don’t condone that sort of thing around here. But I can’t imagine Tom Renney is too disappointed.
—Al Montoya has been fairly sharp in net, with the only goal coming after Karel Rachunek was caught off-balance and the Devils’ Tuomas Pihlman came in on goal uncontested. Brodeur, meanwhile, looks like a guy who just got out of bed. I know, again: first period of an exhibition game.
—Plenty of good seats available. The CAA is maybe a quarter-full. Bring the wife! Bring the kids!