Kathy Willens/Associated Press
By the time the Rangers left Montreal Tuesday night, their regrettable effort in Game 5 had been put in the past.
The only thing on their collective minds was the effort they would put forth in Game 6 back on their home ice at Madison Square Garden.
New York attacked the Canadiens with speed and precision throughout the game, and as the game reached the latter stages of the second period, they were dominating much of the action.
The Rangers were outshooting and outskating the Canadiens, but the game was still scoreless. It seemed the Habs were going to have a chance to steal the game and bring it back to the Bell Center for a decisive seventh game.
But then it happened. The Rangers continued to put pressure on Montreal's short-handed defense, and Ryan McDonagh sent a pass behind the goal line to Brian Boyle. The big forward received the puck cleanly, and he spotted Dominic Moore streaking into the low slot.
Boyle slid the puck to the tape of Moore's stick, and the best goal-scoring opportunity of the game presented itself. Moore had his head up, saw the opening to the right of Montreal goaltender Dustin Tokarski and fired the puck into the back of the net.
That goal at the 18:07 mark of the second period proved to be the only time the red goal light would be turned on. Moore's goal sent the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final, where they will play the powerhouse Los Angeles Kings or the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.