The first period between the Bruins and Devils at the Prudential Center  was highlighted by strong defense and sporadic yet unsuccessful offensive flurries. The Bruins ended the period with a 13-6 shots on goal advantage and had a handful of realistic opportunities against Devils netminder Martin Brodeur .
The period featured bookend scoring chances for the Bruins. Mark Stuart  rang one off the post just over a minute into the period and Steve Begin was robbed in a scrum in front of the net with two and a half to go in a flurry that also featured a bid from Daniel Paille  and Patrice Bergeron .
With just under nine minutes to go in the period, Marco Sturm  and Mark Recchi  were denied of a potential juicy rebound when Brodeur lost his balance saving a wrister from the stick of Dennis Wideman  despite a screen from Bergeron.
Each goaltender displayed subpar stickwork with about six and a half minutes remaining in the period. Shortly after Brodeur mishandled the puck in a way reminiscent of the 2003 Stanley Cup  Finals, Tuukka Rask  was nearly caught playing out the puck out of his net before taking out Dean McAmmond himself.