The Rangers and HC Sparta Prague played a scoreless first period at Tesla Arena.
Rangers goalie Martin Biron
was sharp throughout the entire period to keep it scoreless. He made four memorable saves, including one at the end of the period to stop Sparta on a 3-on-1 rush.
The Rangers didn't generate much, if anything, offensively and were not physical in the least bit. Perhaps that's just the Rangers feeling out Sparta, the ice and the building, but they just weren't very good in the first period, save for Biron.
However, the Rangers' penalty kill was strong as it killed off a pair of minors, to Brandon Prust
and Brendan Bell
. The Rangers' power play barely generated anything on its one chance through the first 20 minutes.
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