Rangers Rally to Advance to Eastern Conference Finals
(PITTSBURGH) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored goals for the Rangers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history.
"I was so tired at the end," Lundqvist said after setting an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory. "But it was just a great feeling when you know it's a done deal and we did it."
Jussi Jokinen scored Pittsburgh's only goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves in the loss. The Penguins are 4-5 in playoff series over the past five seasons.
"I think there's always questions," captain Sidney Crosby said when asked about what could be in store for the team. "When expectations are high and you don't win that's normal. I'm sure there will be a lot of questions."
After advancing to the finals for the second time in three years, the Rangers will next face the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens series.
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