Sunday, May 17, 2015
Dominic Moore, Right Shin shot gives the Rangers a one game lead in East Final
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It was a tense third period for the Rangers as they lost their one goal lead on the Power Play by Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat as he ripped a fantastic shot that just beat Henrik Lundqvist at the near post. As the game progressed and both sides were exchanging chances, Dominic Moore was called for Tripping at 15:05 and the Rangers killed that penalty which led to the chance that gave the Rangers another 2-1 victory.
Derick Brassard cycled behind the goal line and found Kevin Hayes who has been a revelation in the 2nd half of the season and during the playoffs, skated to the near corner and with a quick turnaround fired the puck towards goal that got thru the crease, but Moore was in perfect position to skate towards the back end of Ben Bishop and with no distinct kick motion deflected the puck inside the back of the net off his right shin to give the Rangers a one game lead in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Rangers got on the board first in the end of the 2nd Period as once again it was Derek Stepan who was in the right place at the right time to take a rebound and slam it past the goaltender. As Chris Kreider tried to deflect a shot from Ryan McDonagh from the point it left a juicy rebound for Stepan who converted at 19:47.
But once again the goaltending has been superb to start Game 1 as both Lundqvist & Bishop has been outstanding keeping both sides in the game, especially Bishop who is six foot, seven and has made several spectacular saves that kept his side into the contest. The one thing we have seen from him that has shown his weakness is over compensating in his crease by staying to much to the front side and exposing his back.
But the rest of the Lightning did not play well in game 1. Head Coach Jon Cooper admitted that his team while doing well in the first two rounds of the playoffs are still not comfortable being in the playoffs, because it has taken away their style of play with all the tight checking going on and the Rangers showed why they are able to play this game in the opening period of game 1.
That's why Ben Bishop was able to keep his team in the game with his goaltending, but when Game 2 begins on Monday, I would believe that Cooper will change things up and try to tie up this series before it heads back to Tampa, Florida. But right now the Rangers are feeling good and are prepared to play in these one goal games and the score being 2-1 on the winning side.