The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadians 1-0 and were crowned the Eastern Conference Champions Thursday evening in New York.
Dominic Moore scored the only goal of the game in the second period and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.
With the win, Lundqvist became the Rangers new franchise leader with an impressive record of 42 playoff victories. The Rangers will face either the Los Angeles Kings or the defending Stanley Cup Champion the Chicao Blackhawks in the final.
The Montreal Canadians came out flat in this game and couldn’t get anything going at all. Dustin Tokarski did his very best to keep his team in the game stopping 31 shots on the night but the Canadians offensive lines couldn’t put any pressure on the Rangers at any point in the game.
The Canadians were very sloppy in the defensive end and didn’t shoot the puck near enough in this game. Montreal ended the first and third period with only five shots on goal. Added to this veteran Defencemen Andrea Markov was guilty of giving the puck away three times and taking a careless tripping penalty.
With just 18 shots on gaol the Montreal Canadians were always going to struggle to win the gam.
It’s totally unacceptable. I’m still baffled at the lack of energy, intensity or confidence from this talented Canadians roster.
Rene Bourque, Brian Gionta and David Desharnais didn’t even have a shot on goal by the end of the game. That is not to take any credit away from the New York Rangers but the lack of effort from the Canadians is what really gave the Rangers this victory.
Instead of playing desperate hockey, and firing everything at Lundqvist, Montreal chose to pass the puck around, which eventually led to nothing.
Montreal defencemen PK Subban did have four shots on goal, but Lundqvist stopped them all. The goalie also stunned Montreal forward Thomas Vanek with an incredible blocker save in the second period.
So the Rangers take the series 4-2 and can now rest and prepare for the Stanley Cup final meanwhile he loss may signal some changes for the Montreal Canadians as a result.
Western Conference teams vying to face the Rangers will be worrying just how to beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the Stanley Cup.
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