NEW YORK – The New York Rangers aren't the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season.
Not even close, and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals showed that.
Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play, the defense limited the Lightning's high-powered offense and the Rangers defeated goaltender Ben Bishop and the Lightning 2-1 Saturday to move within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup Final.
The winning goal came 30 seconds after Moore stepped out of the penalty box, and it capped another nail-biter for the Rangers, who have played 15 consecutive one-goal games in the postseason.
It was typical of the postseason. Nothing pretty. Kevin Hayes sent the puck into the crease and Moore got position and had the puck deflect off his skate into the net.
"I think it's just a matter of wanting to win," Moore said. "We had lots of looks, couple just before that. I drove it in front and puck rolled off my tape. Just tried to stay with it and work for a good bounce, and finally it came."
Moore had gotten position on former Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman, whom he had taken down minutes earlier to put Tampa Bay on a power play."
"It's one of those things you can't do much about," Bishop said after losing to the Rangers for the first time in nine career games.
The Rangers have won nine games this postseason and have seven victories by a 2-1 score.
"I think we're just calm out there," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. "We're not nervous. We're like, they tied it up, no big deal."
Derek Stepan, the Hastings native who scored the Game 7 winner against Washington on Wednesday night, also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.
Ondrej Palat tied the score on a power-play goal early in the third period. Bishop had 28 saves.
"To be honest I don't think we tested Lundqvist as much as we should have, not a lot of quality shots, not a lot of shots period," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "We have to find a way to generate more."