NEW YORK —
The Rangers are in the championship round for the first time since winning it all in 1994. To celebrate, the
Lundqvist and the Rangers shook off a 7-4 road loss Tuesday night to take out the Canadiens on home ice in Game 6.
Lundqvist needed to make only 18 saves to tie the team record for playoff shutouts with nine. He was pulled after allowing four goals in less than two periods Tuesday.
"It feels so unbelievable," Lundqvist said. "The way we responded here, I think we played one of our best periods of the whole playoffs in the third period, when it mattered the most. You just have to get fired up and go out and play. The guys did such a great job. It was not hard."
Lundqvist had been 0-5 since 2009 in non-Game 7 clinching games. He leaped several times in his crease with his hands raised as streamers were fired off from the rafters.
The Rangers don't have a captain, so assistants
Montreal's Dustin Tokarski, who replaced injured No. 1 goalie
Montreal made one final push after Tokarski was pulled for an extra skater with 1 minute 53 seconds left. Lundqvist held off the Canadiens as fans chanted "Hen-rik! Hen-rik!"