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Rangers Take Down Habs, Advance to Cup Final

It isn’t often that Bostonians are happy when a New York sports team accomplishes something great.

But all of New England was blowing a big kiss to the Rangers on Thursday night, when the Blueshirts took down the Bruins arch-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0,  to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. New York won the Eastern Conference finals, 4-2, and will play for the Cup for the first time since 1994 (also the last time they won it all).

Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of Game 6 at 18:07 of the second period. Massachusetts native Brian Boyle and Ryan McDonagh had the assists.

After McDonagh sent the puck behind the net, Boyle corralled it and then delivered a pass to Moore who was streaking to the net. Moore then ripped it blocker-side past Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled in the second period of Game 5 after allowing four goals, got the shutout, turning away all 18 of Montreal’s shots. He is now tied for the Rangers all-time lead with nine postseason shutouts. Lundqvist, who could be on his way to the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP, made a highlight-reel save on Montreal’s Thomas Vanek in the second period.

The Rangers will wait for the winner of the Western Conference finals. Los Angeles, who leads the series 3-2, hosts the defending Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 on Friday night.

New York has never played either team in the Cup Final, which begins on Wednesday.

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