After playing a scoreless first two periods, the New York Rangers scored three times in the third period to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Dan Girardi got the scoring underway with a goal just 53 seconds into the third period. Chris Kreider scored his third goal of the playoffs with 8:00 minutes play before Artem Anisimov capped the scoring off with an empty-net goal with 1:27 left in the game.
New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 21 saves for his second shutout of the postseason. The Rangers finished the game with a 28-21 advantage in shots on goal including a 10-4 advantage in the third period.
The series will continue with Game 2 on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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