With time running down in the third period, Claude Lemieux shoveled a shot by Mike Richter and tied the game at 3. It sent Game 1 into overtime, and sent a silencing message the Garden crowd.
The Rangers and Devils played a scoreless first overtime, and fifteen minutes into the second one, Stephane Richer took a pass down the side boards, beat Adam Graves wide, and beat Mike Richter over the shoulder.
Game 1 was a memorable one for Devils fans, as the Devils shocked the Rangers by scoring late in the third period, and then delivering the winning goal off the stick of Stephan Richer.
The Devils had all the momentum, took a 1-0 series lead, and home ice from the top seeded Rangers. The Rangers looked to bounce back after the Game 1 loss in Game 2 on May 17th.