Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play and the New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride for the Rangers in these playoffs, though it rarely is for any team. But New York remains the best the Eastern Conference has to offer.
Though he skated Thursday and practiced without limitations Friday, Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is officially day-to-day for the opener of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers.
This is the series that the Rangers have been waiting for all season.
The Bolts dominated the Rangers during the regular season. But that was a long time ago. Let’s take a look at both teams heading into the Eastern Conference finals.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault isn’t ruling out Mats Zuccarello’s return in the Eastern Conference finals.
“Nobody cares about hockey, Boomer!” That’s not true, at least not right now.
Ordinary clubs crumble when their backs are pressed against the wall. Not the panic-less Rangers. They chip away.
In honor of the Rangers’ dramatic Game 7 overtime victory on Wednesday night, here are the seven best Game 7s in franchise history.
I don’t care that the Lightning swept their season series against New York. Wasn’t that like … five months ago?
It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the Rangers. First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals. Second, they will play lots of one-goal games.
Derek Stepan scored 11:24 in overtime, lifting the New York Rangers past the Washington Capitals 2-1 and into the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
It was hockey at the start as Boomer’s passion would not be denied — and even Craig found himself wrapped up in the Rangers buzz.
The Rangers have won their last five Game 7s dating to 2012, including a win in Pittsburgh last season that capped a rally from a 3-1 deficit.
“We let them talk,” Hagelin said of the Caps. “We’re gonna do everything we can to focus on (ourselves) and what we can do to win the game.”
The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games and won the NHL Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1994, on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
New York Rangers photos of the week.