Holding a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the New York Rangers could advance to the semifinals with a win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. However, the Canadiens were looking to stave off elimination and force a game seven back at Bell Centre on Monday night. So, who would come out on top in game six?
It would be the New York Rangers who would reign supreme and take a 3-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, moving them on to round two and sending Montreal home. Alexei Emelin scored first to make it 1-0 Canadiens early, but Mats Zuccarello scored twice for the Rangers and Derek Stepan added an empty net goal, as well as stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist made the victory that much sweeter for New York.
“It was a lot of fun. Nice to get a couple days to rest and relax,” defenseman Marc Staal told reporters after the game. “It’s great to win a series, especially at home.”
The Rangers now play the waiting game as they look to see who will be their second round opponent in either the Boston Bruins or the Ottawa Senators. Game six of that series is Sunday afternoon, with Ottawa leading 3-2.