NEW YORK - Brett Seney's goal 3:55 into the third period was the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils beat the Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night, spoiling the preseason debuts for New York newcomers Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko at Madison Square Garden.
Nico Hischier, Mikhail Maltsev and Nikita Gusev also scored for New Jersey, which started Cory Schneider in goal. Schneider made 27 saves in the first two periods before being replaced by Evan Cormier in the third. Cormier finished with 12 saves.
Panarin, who signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the Rangers on July 1, had a power-play goal 7 1/2 minutes into the second period to cut New Jersey's lead to 2-1. Kakko, selected with the second overall pick in June's draft, and new defenseman Jacob Trouba had assists on the play.
Panarin played only 12:59 as he suffered a "mild groin strain," according to the team.
Micheal Haley and Lias Andersson also scored for the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev started in goal and gave up three goals on 11 shots. Igor Shesterkin stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in his half of the game.