PITTSBURGH - Dominic Moore, whose pass set up Brian Boyle's opening goal of Game 7, won his third Game 7 in Pittsburgh since 2010 -- all with different teams. And he was on the scoresheet for all three games.
Moore scored in Montreal's 5-2 victory in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals -- the final game played at Mellon Arena. He also set up the primary assist on Sean Bergenheim's winner when Tampa Bay blanked the Pens, 1-0, in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals here.
Moore rejoined the Rangers, who drafted him in 2000, as a free agent last summer after he took the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season off after the death of his wife from cancer.
He played 12:32 and helped shut down stars Sidney Crosby (two shots) and Evgeni Malkin (four), who often were double-shifted.
Blue notesThe Rangers, who scored twice on the first 12 shots, are now 4-3 on the road in the postseason . . . The teams combined for 29 goals, the fewest in Penguins franchise history in a seven-game series . . . Derek Dorsett's secondary assist on Boyle's goal was his first point of the playoffs . . . Benoit Pouliot almost made it 2-0 in the first minute of the second when his close-in shot dinged the crossbar . . . Carl Hagelin led the Rangers with four of the 20 shots . . . Rick Nash was quiet again, with just one shot on goal in 15:03 . . . Coach Alain Vigneault had stressed keeping out of the penalty box and the Rangers were in there just twice: Chris Kreider's hold at 16:37 of the first was negated by James Neal's hold at 17:27, and Ryan McDonagh (slashing) went off along with Malkin (roughing) at 14:43 of the third . . . The Rangers' scratches were Dan Carcillo, J.T. Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk.
Vigneault's words are true
Some pregame words from Vigneault turned out to be prophetic: "If you asked me before the series started -- with the firepower they have -- if I preferred to play four out of seven or one game, winner-take-all, I would've probably taken the one game. That's what we have tonight."