Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a must win game for the New York Rangers as the team took on the Montreal Canadiens. To the naked eye however, this did not seem like the case as the Rangers were up 3-2 in the series going into Game 6. But many Rangers’ fans and general hockey fans alike knew if the Rangers were to lose Game 6 at home, in New York City at Madison Square Garden, that there was little to no chance the Rangers were going to win Game 7 on the road in Montreal, where the Rangers historically struggle, with the pressure of a 3-1 series collapse hanging over their heads. This is why the Rangers had to approach last night’s Game 6 as if it were Game 7, and that is exactly what they did, especially defensively.
In a do-or-die game for the Canadiens, the Rangers defense held them to only 18 shots on goal, where Rangers’ goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, was there to stop all 18. Even more impressive is after taking a 1-0 lead into the third period, you knew the Canadiens were going to take some big chances to get some offense and try to at least tie the game up before 60 minutes was up. The Rangers defense held the Canadiens to only five total shots on net in the third period.
The Rangers’ defense in that Game 6 last night played an absolutely flawless brand of hockey. The Rangers knew they had to bring their best defensive game to the table to close out the series in Game 6 and that is exactly what they did. As a result, the Rangers are going to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.