Dominic Moore on his goal…“We got the puck in. We protected it well for a while there and used each other down low and cycled it well. When (Brian) Boyle got it behind the net, I tried to let him know I was there and he made a great play.”
Martin St. Louis on making it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year. . .“It means a lot. Obviously, it’s been a tough year for me. This makes it pretty cool. Being somewhere for 13, 14 years and changing teams and to get a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals with these teammates of mine, who have been nothing but great through my tough time in the past few weeks, it makes it even more special. I am proud to be a Ranger and do it alongside these great teammates.”
Ryan McDonagh on the defense “We didn’t put forth a great defensive effort the game before. It’s tough to win when you give them a lot of looks like that. We wanted to just focus on being strong in our own end, keeping them to the outside, we knew we would get our chances and get some looks. But we focused more on defending here tonight. Everybody did a great job coming back, blocking some shots, and doing the little things to get out of our zone.”
10:39PM: First Period:
- Dominic Moore (3) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Boyle (4), Ryan McDonagh (10)
- Somehow, someway the Rangers found a way to close out a series before it hit the seventh game. They were great tonight, much like game seven against Philly, and they just dominated all areas of the ice and if not for an excellent performance from Dustin Tokarksi, the Rangers would have won this game 5-0.
- Henrik Lundqvist wasn't all that busy but he made some excellent saves and you just knew he would going to bounce back. It was going to take a really great shot or deflection to beat Lundqvist tonight and Montreal rarely had any attempts you would consider close to anything like that.
- For the first time in 20 years the Rangers are going to the Stanley Cup Final. I'll be honest, I didn't expect it and certainly not after being down 3-1 to the Penguins. This team came together, found another level, got excellent goaltending and proved everyone wrong. It's been a special run so far for the Rangers and it gets to continue against LA or Chicago.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993-94.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 12-8 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-4 record at home.
- New York has advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the 11th time in franchise history. The Rangers have won a home game to clinch a berth in the Finals for each of their last four Stanley Cup Finals appearances (won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014; won Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey in 1994; won Game 6 of the Semifinals in 1979 vs. NY Islanders; won Game 4 of the Semifinals in 1972 vs. Chicago).
- Four of the last six Rangers teams that have reached the Stanley Cup Finals, including each of the last three Blueshirts squads, have had a head coach in his first year with the team (2013-14 – Alain Vigneault; 1993-94 – Mike Keenan; 1978-79 – Fred Shero; 1939-40 – Frank Boucher). Lynn Patrick also guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first full season as the team’s head coach in 1949-50, after beginning his tenure as the head coach of the Blueshirts midway through the 1948-49 season.
- The Blueshirts won a playoff game by a 1-0 score for the 13th time in franchise history, and the seventh time at home. It is the third time the Rangers have posted a shutout to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (1937 at Montreal Maroons, 1950 at Montreal Canadiens), and the first time they have done so at home.
- The Rangers have posted a 10-0 record when leading after two periods in the playoffs this year. Including the regular season, the Blueshirts have won 38 out of 41 games this year when holding a lead after 40 minutes.
- New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 out of 20 contests in the playoffs this year, and one goal or fewer in eight playoff games. The Rangers rank second in the NHL in goals against per game in the playoffs (2.25).
- The Rangers held the Canadiens to 18 shots on goal in the game. New York has allowed less than 30 shots on goal in nine of 10 playoff home games this year, and they have limited their opponents to 20 shots on goal or less in three home playoff games this year.
- The Blueshirts were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. New York is 42-for-45 (93.3%) on the penalty kill in its last 14 games, 34-for-36 (94.4%) in its last 11 games, and finished the series 21-for-23 (91.3%)
- Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to record his 42nd career playoff victory and ninth career playoff shutout. The Rangers goaltender has posted a 12-7 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-4 mark at home. Lundqvist passed Mike Richter for first on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list, and tied Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff shutout list. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of 20 playoff games this year. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader in both regular season and playoff action leads the NHL in wins (12), is tied for first in SV% (.928), and ranks second in GAA (2.03) in the playoffs.
- Dominic Moore tallied the lone goal of the contest, posted a plus-one rating, and won seven of 10 faceoffs (70%) in 13:53 of ice time. Moore’s tally was his third career game-winning goal in the playoffs, and his second this season (he also registered the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 27) The Rangers forward has won 42 of 58 faceoffs he has taken over the last four games (72.4%), and leads the team in faceoff win percentage in the playoffs this year (57.0%; 134-for-235). Moore is tied for the team lead, and is tied for fourth in the NHL, in game-winning goals (two) in the playoffs.
- Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in a team-high, 25:27 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has posted a three-game assist/point streak (four assists over the span), and tallied a point in five of six contests in the series (two goals, eight assists). McDonagh led all skaters in assists and points (10) in the Eastern Conference Finals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to record eight assists in a playoff series in franchise history, and is only the second defenseman to tally at least 10 points in a playoff series in franchise history (Brian Leetch – 11 points in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against Vancouver). McDonagh leads the team in assists (10) and average ice time (25:11), and is tied for the team lead in points (13) in the playoffs. He is the first Blueshirts defenseman to record at least 10 assists and 13 points in one playoff year since Leetch in the 1994 playoffs.
- Brian Boyle tallied an assist, posted a plus-one rating, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 13:25 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied two assists in his last three contests. Boyle ranks second on the team – and is tied for eighth in the NHL – in hits (53) in the playoffs.
- Dan Girardi posted a plus-one rating, was credited with two hits, and blocked one shot in 23:07 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman led all skaters with a plus-four rating in the Eastern Conference Finals. Girardi leads the team in hits (63) and blocked shots (50) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman is tied for first in the NHL in blocked shots and ranks fourth in the league in hits in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 84th career playoff contest, tying Ron Greschner for third on the team’s all-time playoff games played list.
- Mats Zuccarello tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and blocked two shots in 18:09 of ice time. The Rangers forward ranks fifth on the team in hits (39) and is tied for fifth on the team – and ranks second among Rangers forwards – in blocked shots (25) in the playoffs.