Canadiens Rangers Hockey

Rangers 1, Canadiens 0

The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens by the score of 1-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, tonight. The Rangers win the series 4-2. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…welcome to the Stanley Cup Finals Rangers fans!!!! Damn that felt good to type. All I can say is relish this moment. It took 20 years to get back to this point, so you never know when it’s going to come around again. Let’s hope in a couple of weeks we won’t need the 1994 Cup to last a lifetime.

…it truly is amazing to look back to where this team was back in the fall. It was a complete and utter disaster. The offense had no life. The defense was porous. Lundqvist was a sieve. And AV looked overwhelmed. Now they have a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. I truly am stunned.

…so I guess Lundqvist didn’t have a problem bouncing back from being pulled last game.

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…the last two years, the Rangers were the team being eliminated because they didn’t have the depth to keep up with their opponent. This year they flipped the script as Montreal looked spent tonight. Subban was sucking wind from the drop of the puck.

…and the biggest reason for that is the play of the fourth line. Moore’s goal was further proof that to be successful in the NHL you need four solid lines. This offseason, teams will be paying premium prices for fourth line players, including Boyle, because of what the Rangers bottom three forwards have accomplished this postseason.

…the death of St. Louis mother has gotten all the headlines this postseason, but let’s not forget the heavy heart Moore’s been playing with all season and will for the remainder of his life. Not sure a more appropriate player could have scored the game winner tonight.

…so this is what it feels like to win a series in less than seven games. Weird.

…i absolutely loved the Rangers game plan tonight. Chip the puck deep and use your speed to put pressure on the Montreal defense who where beaten, battered and bruised by the Blueshirts forecheck all night.

…we keep hearing about the West being bigger, faster and stronger than the East, but that Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello is going to be handful for either Chicago or LA.

…in the 3rd period of Game 7 against the Penguins the Rangers sat back and prayed Lundqvist could hold the fort. Completely different strategy tonight as the Rangers were very aggressive and pushed hard for that two-goal lead. Much more entertaining.

…so anyone miss Tortorella’s fire behind the bench anymore? AV’s calm demeanor couldn’t have been more perfect for the trials and tribulations this team experienced this season.

…McDonagh becomes first Rangers defenseman to score 10 points in a series since Leetch in 1994. Remember when he was struggling with that shoulder injury earlier in the postseason? Me neither.

…so I guess we need to thank Steve Yzerman for not putting St. Louis on the Canadian Olympic team.

…you think the Rangers defense took their brutal Game 5 performance personally? Absolutely suffocating. And it wasn’t just the defenseman. That defensive effort St. Louis made on Subban in third period was inspiring.

…seriously, did you ever expect to be looking at this in November…

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…and of course it wouldn’t have been a game against Montreal without a couple of embellishments thrown in there…

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…3g, 2a in the six games, plus a much tougher brand of hockey from Rick Nash. I don’t know about you, but he’s shut me up.

…anyone else sort of feel bad for Callahan?

…this run has truly been a team effort. The Rangers don’t have a single player who’s scored more than six goals, but they have 10 who’ve scored at least three. This was a tough squad to root for the first half of the season, but as they’ve built an identity and persevered through all the adversity they have become a beloved group.

…having said all that, the job isn’t done yet. There’s still four wins to go. A couple of days to rest up then it’s either the Kings or the Blackhawks. Yes, your New York Rangers will be playing for the Stanley Cup starting June 4th. Wow!

Highlights…

Handshake…

Prince of Wales Trophy Presentation…

Post game talk…

Kevin

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