Henrik Lundqvist is a big reason the Rangers are on the doorstep of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. But the extraordinary goalie had a rather ordinary night on Tuesday.
Martin St. Louis propelled the Broadway Blueshirts to a dramatic victory that New Yorkers will never forget.
A win Tuesday in Montreal will put New York in the championship round for the first time since they won the title in 1994. A loss will make Game 6 necessary at what will be a nervous Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
There is an easy way and a difficult way to do things. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the New York Rangers have chosen the difficult way to handle the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals.
Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.
The last thing that Alain Vigneault and any of the New York Rangers are about to do is look at the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens and take them lightly.
“Is he playing well? Yeah, but we’re doing a good job,” Subban said. “Some of it is luck, as well. He’s getting a little bit lucky, but that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
He’s playing at a supreme level, to the point where beating the Rangers has become nearly impossible. And don’t look now — the King is six wins away from being crowned.
Henrik Lundqvist has the surging Rangers two wins away. “I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after Monday’s Game 2.
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
Martin St. Louis started the scoring and Henrik Lundqvist posted his first win in Montreal in more than two years and the New York Rangers routed the Canadiens 7-2 to open the NHL Eastern Conference final on Saturday afternoon.
In the end, you don’t want to bet against Lundqvist in a seven-game series. He knows how to come up with his best game when it’s all on the line, and that will lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.
Montreal will meet New York in the Eastern Conference finals — after splitting their previous 14 matchups in the playoffs — and the winner will have a chance to end a championship drought.
Price won the gold medal over Lundqvist at the Sochi Olympics. This time, Lundqvist will get the better of Price and lead the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since that magical year of 1994.