ALBANY, N.Y. (WFAN/AP) — Move over, Albany Devils.
The big boys are in town.
A record crowd of 9,420 took in the first NHL game held at the Times Union Center in nine years.
Patrik Elias scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Rangers in the preseason opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Set up by Zach Parise’s pass, Elias tapped the game-winner past Cam Talbot after the Rangers turned it over in their zone.
The Rangers didn’t manage a shot until 8:08 in the first period, but finally tied the game at 15:49 in the third.
Artem Anisimov sent the puck to Dale Weise from the corner, and Weise beat goalie Jeff Frazee from just in front of the left circle to tie it at 1-all.
Former New Jersey draft pick Petr Sykora – who shined here as a member of the AHL’s Albany River Rats in the mid-1990s – beat Henrik Lundqvist at 11:34 of the first period on a wrister from the right circle to put the Devils ahead 1-0.
The 34-year-old Sykora, back at center as he attempts to make the club out of camp, was assisted by Adam Larsson and Eric Boulton.
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid, out of nearby Union College, made the start and recorded 10 saves for New Jersey before being lifted. Martin Brodeur, nursing a hamstring injury, did not dress.
Lundqvist had 18 saves in 31:13 of ice time.
The Devils outshot New York 42-21 in new coach Peter DeBoer’s debut.
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