NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop did his part to keep his team in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden, but two unlucky bounces ended up being the difference in a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Bishop made 21 saves to keep the game scoreless in the opening 39:47. But with 13 seconds remaining in the second period, Bishop's stick was knocked out of his hands by Rangers forward Chris Kreider
, who took a shot from in close that was blocked. The rebound went right to Derek Stepan
at the left side of the net, and he roofed a shot to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
"There was some contact, battling in front, and I lost it and then I don't know if [the puck] went off of the stick or off of somebody and then [Stepan] was right there," said Bishop, who also said he didn't think he was interfered with on the play.
Tampa Bay tied the game 6:45 in the third period on a power-play goal by Ondrej Palat, but Rangers forward Dominic Moore was in the right place at the right time when Kevin Hayes threw a puck at the net with 2:35 remaining in regulation. The puck hit Moore's leg and went past Bishop to give the Rangers the win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.