King Henrik is just what the Rangers need for another 2-1 win, Stepan and Brassard give Blueshirts strength down the middle and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.
Henrik Lundqvist - The Rangers have been winning an incredible number of 2-1 games - seven of their nine wins in this playoff have been by that score - and walking that fine line requires goaltending excellence. So it goes with King Henrik, who stopped 23 of 24 Lightning shots for the win Saturday afternoon, giving him a .945 save percentage in the playoffs.
Derek Stepan - In the right place at the right time, for the second straight game, the Rangers centre converted a rebound to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. He's put up five points (2 G, 3 A) in the past four games and is tied with Derick Brassard for the Rangers' team lead with nine points in 13 games this postseason.
Derick Brassard - The Rangers centre assisted on Dominic Moore's game-winning goal, but was dominant all game, registering a team-leading nine shot attempts (6 SOG) and five hits, along with team-best possession stats (24 shot attempts for, 8 against, 75.0%).
Brenden Morrow, Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay's fourth-liners didn't play much, but were crushed territorially (2 shot attempts for, 10 against, 16.7%) despite starting all of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Braydon Coburn, Jason Garrison - The Lightning defence duo managed 30% possession, but were dominated (2 shot attempts for, 11 against, 15.4%) in their primary match-up, against the Rangers line of Brassard, Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes.
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Ben Bishop - The Lightning goaltender continues to play well, and stopped 28 of 30 Rangers shots; he has a .931 save percentage in the playoffs, but that's not quite enough to keep pace with Henrik Lundqvist, it seems.
Ryan Callahan - After missing Game Six against Montreal, due to having his appendix removed, the Lightning forward was already back in the lineup for Game One against his former team. He wasn't terribly effective, with no shots on goal in 14:46 of ice time, but that's a remarkable recovery.
Brian Boyle - Another former Ranger on the Lightning roster missed Game One with an undisclosed injury.
Rangers C Dominic Moore tallied the game-winning goal, with a spectacular individual effort - okay, okay, Kevin Hayes' spinning wrist shot from the goalline banked into the net off of Moore's knee. It may not have been pretty and was Moore's first goal of the playoffs, but it was a big one.
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