Henrik Lundqvist, with 11 saves, was the difference in the scoreless first period of the Winter Classic here at Citizens Bank Park. His poke checked foiled Claude Giroux rush after a steal, he gloved a high shot by Andrej Meszaros off some nice passes in the zone and denied Jaromir Jagr’s backhander after the big Czech split the defense. The Rangers had nine shots on Sergei Bobrovsky, but none were really threatening. Neither team scored on shortened power plays, and no player had more than two shots.
D Marc Staal, in his season debut, played 3:40, including early shifts with Stu Bickel, then was mixed in with former partner Dan Girardi, who played a whopping 10:46. Jagr left before the end of the period, possibly with an equipment issue and Scott Hartnell, who had crunched Ryan McDonagh early in the period, chirped and shoved with Michael Del Zotto at the horn.