Thursday brought with it a string of firsts for 19 year-old Rangers rookie J.T. Miller---some expected, others maybe hoped for and dreamed about, but not necessarily expected.
Miller knew he'd be playing his first home game as a Ranger, wearing the Blueshirt for the first time, when the Rangers hosted the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. But he could not have predicted he would score the first two goals of his two-game NHL career, or that he would be named the game's First Star, or would be awarded the team's Broadway Hat after the 4-1 victory.
But that is exactly how Thursday night played out for Miller, who didn't even know that the Broadway Hat existed until goaltender Martin Biron---the previous recipient following Saturday's 3-2 win in Tampa---presented the hat to him.
"It's a nice hat," said a smiling Miller after the game. "I'm looking forward to getting a win next game so I can pass it off."
Miller, who centered a line with Chris Kreider on the left wing and Ryan Callahan on the right, logged 13:31 of ice-time, scored on both of the shots he took and won 63 percent of his faceoffs in his Garden debut Thursday.
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