It seemed like old times. Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias, former linemates, each scored a goal as the Devils defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a preseason game tonight at the Times Union Center.

Sykora's came at 11:34 of the first period. Elias won the game 45 seconds into overtime when he redirected a Zach Parise pass by goalie Cameron Talbot.

"Like old times. Like 1995," Elias said.

Sykora, trying to make the Devils, is unsigned and in camp on a tryout. He had a hat trick in Monday's scrimmage and started the exhibition games on the right foot.

"I'm trying to make the team and Patty is just trying to get through training camp, I guess," Sykora joked.