By John Vogl
The New York Rangers are heading back to the Stanley Cup final. Henrik Lundqvist is going for the first time.
Lundqvist filled one of the few holes on his resume Thursday night, making 18 saves to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory and 4-2 series win over Montreal. Former Sabres forward Dominic Moore scored the only goal late in the second period.
"It makes it even more special when you have four lines stepping up in different times and just doing it together," Lundqvist said. "That's what it's all about. Everybody feels like they're playing a big part. I think that's a big thing when you're playing in the playoffs and you go through ups and downs, to make sure everybody feels like they're bringing something to the table here.
"That's been the case, and that's why we're playing in the final."
Lundqvist made the play of the game with five minutes left in the second, when the game was still scoreless, by robbing Thomas Vanek.
"It's one of those kind of things that stand out from the game and stand out from the series," Moore said.
The Rangers will play for the Cup against either Los Angeles or Chicago. The Kings have a 3-2 series lead with Game Six tonight in L.A.
2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Game One Rangers at Blackhawks/Kings Wednesday
Game Two Rangers at Blackhawks/Kings Saturday, June 7
Game Three Blackhawks/Kings at Rangers Monday, June 9
Game Four Blackhawks/Kings at Rangers Wednesday, June 11
*Game Five Rangers at Blackhawks/Kings Friday, June 13
*Game Six Blackhawks/Kings at Rangers Monday, June 16
*Game Seven Rangers at Blackhawks/Kings Wednesday, June 18
* if necessary