Rangers Strike Late, Top Lightning

New York Rangers center Dominic Moore (28) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the third period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers proved they aren’t the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season when they won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals 2-1 on Saturday

Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play and the Rangers moved to within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

The game-winning goal came just 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.

The Rangers have won nine games this postseason, and have seven victories by a 2-1 score.

The series opener was unlike any of the three games between the Rangers and Lightning in the regular season. Tampa Bay won all three by a combined 15-7 margin.

Derek Stepan, who scored the Game 7 winner against Washington on Wednesday, also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.

Ondrej Palat tied the game on a power-play goal early in the third period. Ben Bishop had 28 saves for the Lightning in losing to New York for the first time in nine games.

Game 2 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer