Moore's late goal gives Rangers 2-1 win over Tampa Bay

Sat May 16, 2015 8:02pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dominic Moore scored late in the third period to lead the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their NHL Eastern Conference final on Saturday.

Kevin Hayes threw the puck in front of Tampa Bay's goal, where it bounced off ex-Lightning forward Moore's leg and into the open net with 2:25 left to break a 1-1 tie.

"Dominic's done a lot of good things for us throughout this season and to see him get that goal, the benefit of that bounce, the hard work pays off," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Game Two is on Monday in New York.

The Rangers showed no signs of fatigue after their emotional Game Seven overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday as they pressed Tampa Bay.

The Lightning are searching for their first Stanley Cup berth since 2004, when they went on to win the coveted trophy.

Ben Bishop stood tall in the Tampa Bay goal, using his massive 6-foot, 7-inch (201 cm) body to turn aside everything that came his way.

Derek Stepan, the hero of final game against Washington with his overtime goal, finally broke the game open, slamming home a Chris Kreider rebound with just 13 seconds left in the second period.

The Lightning rallied to even the score in the third period with Ondrej Palat's power play tally past Henrik Lundqvist with just less than seven minutes left in regulation.   Continued...

May 16, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Dominic Moore (28) celebrates with New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) after scoring the game-winning goal to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in game one of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports