The New York Rangers know what thing or two about winning tight playoff games, on Saturday afternoon, for the 15th consecutive time in playoff action New York pulled off a one-goal victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Dominic Moore broke a tie with 2:25 remaining to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. this score line should come as no surprise to hockey fans that have been watching the 2015 NHL playoffs religiously. It is a fact that 25% of this year’s games have ended in a 2-1 score. The New York Rangers have contributed to that percentage nine times the team.
If you are daily fantasy sports player, this is the series you want to occupy your goaltending roster spot with. If Game 1 was any indication it is going to be impossible to score on these goalies. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers. While, Ben Bishop responded with 28 saves of his own.
this was the first career loss for Bishop against the New York Rangers. Coming into this contest Big-Ben sported a record of: 8-0-0 lifetime against the Rangers with a 1.49 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
when you have netminder of this quality you can expect a long series with much more of the same low-scoring intense hockey. Especially, when each side is relying on one line they do a high percentage of the scoring… : Tyler Johnson’s line has been involved in 40% of Tampa Bay’s goals these playoffs. By the same token, New York relies heavily on Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard.
Derek Stepan has a pretty heroic 36 hours himself. Scoring the overtime winner to send the New York Rangers to Round 3. Then, scoring the opening goal in the Eastern conference final. My point here is: the team who can find secondary scoring will advance to the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. Dominic Moore played a big-role in that department this afternoon.