Updated: Friday, 30 May 2014 12:11 | By Agence France-Presse

Rangers beat Canadiens in six to reach NHL final

Henrik Lunqvist had an 18-save shutout as the New York Rangers advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 20 years with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Rangers beat Canadiens in six to reach NHL final

Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save against the New York Rangers' Derick Brassard during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 - by Elsa

Dominic Moore scored a second-period goal Thursday for the Rangers who captured the Eastern Conference championship series four games to two in front of a crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Garden arena.

The Rangers will face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League's championship series which begins next Wednesday. The Kings lead the other semi-final series 3-2 with game six scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles.

New York improved to 6-4 at home in the 2014 postseason as this was the first game at Madison Square Garden in this series not to go to overtime.

New York barrelled through the Eastern Conference by beating the Philadelphia Flyers in game seven in the first round and then coming back from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. 

By beating Montreal, they punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since winning it all in 1994.

That Stanley Cup witnessed the Mark Messier-led Rangers snap a 54-year dry spell when they edged the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for their fourth league championship.

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was brilliant in the series but he couldn't get Montreal over the hump on Thursday. Tokarski, who came into the series when number one goalie Carey Price went down with an injury, made 31 saves.

The Canadiens were seeking to return to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993 when they won the title. Montreal is the last Canadian-based team to win it all.

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