Here are three stories from Game 1:
To the surprise of no one
The Rangers earned a 2-1 victory yet again. Seven of New York's nine wins in this year's playoffs have now produced that exact score.
Keeping with this theme, the Presidents' Trophy winners were also defeated 2-1 by the Capitals on two occasions in the conference semis.
And on top of all of that, in case you hadn't already heard, all 13 of the Rangers postseason games have been decided by one goal.
Of course, netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been a major reason for the Rangers having so much success despite so little offensive spark.
That elusive 3rd goal
Three moments in particular stood out as missed chances for the Rangers to shake things up from the recurring 2-1 finishes.
Early in the first period, Rangers forward Martin St. Louis might have been a step or two ahead of himself when he whiffed on a shot from point-blank range.
In another instance, it was as if Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was trying to lend the Rangers a hand. His attempt to clear the puck was quickly returned in the form of a slapshot by Kevin Hayes that, luckily for Bishop, hit the post.
Then with the clock winding down and Bishop on the bench in favour of an extra skater, the post once again stood in the way of the Rangers proving they can score more than two goals.
Not the loneliest number
The Rangers probably aren't too worried about how many goals they score as long as they are winning games.
Derek Stepan opened the scoring for both teams with just 13 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
At the 6:45 mark of the third period, Ondrej Palat responded with the equalizer for Tampa.
Shortly after leaving the penalty box, Rangers forward Dominic Moore had the final say. His first goal of the 2014-15 playoffs, with under three minutes remaining, held up as the game winner.
Moore, who last scored in the regular-season finale on April 11, received the Broadway Hat for his efforts.