The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, winning the Eastern Conference Final 4-2 and advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.
The Rangers will now await the conclusion of the Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. The Kings currently lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Friday night in Los Angeles.
Dominic Moore tallied the game-winning goal late in the second period, scoring off a beautiful feed from behind the net by Brian Boyle. Ryan McDonagh also got an assist on the play, and he finished the series with a team leading 10 points.
Trailing heading into the third, and with their season on the line, the Canadiens came out for the final frame looking gassed. The Rangers dominated the play, giving them few opportunities and holding firm down the stretch to make their one-goal lead hold up.
Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t forced to work overly hard, but he did make 18 saves in a shutout effort to secure the first Stanley Cup Final berth of his career. With the win, the 42nd of his Rangers career, he is now the winningest goaltender in the Rangers long history.
Dustin Tokarski, the Canadiens rookie who was thrown into the fire after Carey Price suffered a series-ending injury in Game 1, made 31 saves in the losing effort.
The Rangers will begin the Stanley Cup Final on the road. Game 1 is scheduled for June 4 in either Chicago or Los Angeles.