Rangers beat Canadiens to reach Stanley Cup

Fri May 30, 2014 12:52am EDT
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to seal their first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades.

Dominic Moore scored the game's only goal in the second period as the Rangers wrapped up the Eastern Conference finals series 4-2.

The Rangers will play either the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks for the National Hockey League's championship when the Stanley Cup finals start on June 4.

We've given ourselves the opportunity to compete for the Cup," said Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault.

"It was a great feeling tonight. We played, in my book, probably our best game of the playoffs."

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was surprisingly pulled during Tuesday's Game Five loss in Montreal, made a spectacular return with 18 saves and his first shutout of the playoffs.

He pulled off one fantastic save from Thomas Vanek in the second period when he dropped his stick but flipped around just in time to stop the puck going into the net, whipping the Big Apple's hockey fans into a frenzy.

"It was a roller coaster mentally," said Lundqvist, who gave up four early goals before he was taken off in the last game.   Continued...

May 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) chases the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and center Dominic Moore (28) during the third period in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports