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Rangers advance to Stanley Cup final, which begins Wednesday

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.


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

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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