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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Rangers complete series comeback, advance to conference finals

Once again, Henrik Lundqvist was the king for the New York Rangers.

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In the end, the schedule didn't matter. Neither did the anemic power play that couldn't score, or the complete zero they put on the ice in Games 3 and 4 of their second round series, or the fact that Rick Nash still hasn't scored a goal.

None of it mattered because, at the end of the day, they still have King Henrik and nobody else in the NHL does.

With their 2-1 win on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, a game that featured another incredible Game 7 performance by Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers completed their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Penguins and move on the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three years.

It's also the second time in four years that the Penguins have been eliminated in the postseason after owning a 3-1 series lead, which will not go over well in Pittsburgh.

But this night was about the Rangers, and specifically, the performance of Lundqvist. Once New York took a 2-1 second period lead thanks to a Brad Richards goal, it put the game in the hands of its franchise goalie, and he was more than capable of slamming the door shut. With his 35-save performance he increased his career record in Game 7s to 5-1 as his save percentage continues to climb well above .963.

That's taking the idea of "big game goaltender" to a completely different level.

New York moves on to face the winner of the Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night between the Bruins and the Canadiens.

As for the Penguins, well, it's on to an offseason of questions after another disappointing postseason exit for a franchise that seems to have expectations much higher than simply making the second round of the playoffs.