Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period and both had 10 shots. The Devils and Panthers were also tied in faceoff wins with 8 apiece. Martin Brodeur looked to be in good form for the Devils in net, even making saves he wasn't sure that he had made as you can see below.
The Devils crushed the Panthers in the hits department in the first period, 18-4. The biggest hit of all was this one by Steve Bernier on Keaton Ellerby.
The Panthers had the only power-play chance of the first period when Peter Harrold was sent to the box for interfering with former Devil John Madden.
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