New York Rangers 1 Montreal Canadiens 0
Both teams came out ready to play and the pace was very quick. The Rangers had some great pressure and Rick Nash even won a foot race early. Mats Zuccarello had the first great breakaway opportunity but Dustin Tokarski was there to make the save. Brian Gionta took the first penalty of the game at 4:50 for goal tender interference after slamming into Henrik Lundqist. Raphael Diaz had a great opportunity just before the end of the power play to no avail. Anton Stralman took a heavy hit and went flying into the Montreal bench. It took Montreal more than seven and a half minutes to get their first shot on goal; the Rangers already had seven. Zuccarello was a man on a mission early. He snapped a great snipe shot on goal which hit Tokarski square in the mask and popped his strap off the back. Chris Kreider had a beautiful redirect on a Rick Nash shot but Tokarski was there to make the save. Henrik Lundqvist withstood serious pressure around the four minute mark. The turnovers were atrocious and too numerous to count. Chris Kreider took a stick to the face, of course there was no call. The question was jokingly posed from the bench, “Why don’t you just dive?” Marc Staal took an interference penalty with one minute remaining in the period. The teams went to the dressing room with no score and the Rangers out shooting the Canadiens 11-5
The Rangers returned to the ice with one minute left on their penalty kill. Carl Hagelin used his speed early to get a short handed chance with a wrap-around attempt that nearly got the Rangers on the board first. The penalty was killed off beautifully then Brad Richards drew an interference penalty against Subban at 3:13. The power play ended with a shot off the post by Derek Stepan. As the pace continued to stay fast, the Canadiens looked like they were struggling to keep up at points. With around eight minutes remaining in the period, Stepan blocked a shot by Francis Boullion and limped off to the bench. After taking a run at Zuccarello in the first, Markov decided to knock Derick Brassard’s skate out from under him. The Rangers got a power play at 12:56 in the period. A massive heart attack moment occurred as Lundqvist made a diving kick flip save to keep the score at zero
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Then Dominic Moore beat Tokarski to get the Rangers on the board first at 18:07. Brad Richards went to the box at 19:47 for hooking Thomas Vanek in front of the net. The horn sounded with the teams tied at eight shots each.
The Rangers returned the ice and killed of the late penalty. The pace of the game stayed fast and the puck moved furiously. The Rangers kept the pressure on Tokarski pretty steadily. Brassard and Benoit Pouliot shared attempts around the eight minute mark that caught Tokarski slightly out of position. Both shots lacked enough elevation to go over the pad. Zuccarello had a near miss on a wrap-around attempt as well. The Canadiens showed more than just signs of fatigue, they were dragging badly. Brian Boyle just missed an insurance goal by hitting the post; he will want that one back in a big way. Martin St. Louis had a great break away attempt with about eight minutes remaining, Tokarski made the save. Nash, Kreider and Stepan had a huge three on one break away and Nash blew it by completely missing the net. Brandon Prust didn’t have much ice time in the third period but his second shift yielded a slashing penalty at 14:18 in the period. With Prust in the box the Canadiens blasted the puck out of play and didn’t get called for the delay of game penalty, the replay showed the puck completely missed Pouliot. The Rangers were robbed of their 5 on 3 opportunity. With 2:22 remaining Tokarski made a huge save on Brassard, the shot was just like the one Brassard scored previously in the series. Tokarski was well out of his paint. Canadiens’ coach, Michele Therrien, started showing despiration by changing up his line combinations. The Canadiens pulled their goalie with just under two minutes remaining to use the extra attacker. With under a minute remaining Lundqvist decides to add a trademark head butt to send the puck out of play. It was enough to get the Rangers through the rest of the game and into the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1994. Lundqvist got a shut out and the Rangers out shot the Canadiens 13-5 in the period and 32-18 in the game.
The fans in the arena clearly chanting “WE WANT THE CUP!” were heard loud and clear across the miles through TVs. Not one player touched the Prince of Whales Trophy. Now the Rangers wait to see which team they face in the Stanley Cup Final.