The Rangers opened the scoring three minutes into the game with J.T. Miller picking up the puck in neutral ice with speed, and toe-dragging Andrei Markov out of position to backhand the puck past Mike Condon to give the Rangers a quick 1-0 lead.
Shot attempts were 8-7 in favour of the Rangers by the first commercial timeout eight minutes into the first period.
The Rangers had held the Habs from recording a shot attempt for about three minutes before the second line went to work on the forecheck and turned the puck over, and eventually Lars Eller levelled the score after a shot from the point by Greg Pateryn hit him in the slot and landed at his side which allowed him to fire a clear shot past Antti Raanta to tie the game 1-1.
The Habs were again being held from even attempting shots, with the Rangers having jumped to a 22-10 lead in shot attempts with a few minutes left to play in the first period
The Habs got a powerplay with under three minutes left in the first, but showed no signs of life with the man advantage. Shot attempts were 24-13 in the first period,with the Rangers leading 10-7 in shots on net.
|03:04||NYR||J.T. Miller (21) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Stepan (26), Keith Yandle (38)||1 - 0 NYR|
|12:26||MTL||Lars Eller (12) ASST: Greg Pateryn (5), Nathan Beaulieu (17)||1 - 1 Tie|
|17:10||NYR||Chris Kreider Hooking - 2 min against Lars Eller|
|Faceoff Win %||61%||39%|