Ryan McDonagh

Zuccarello, Rangers beat Canadiens 3-1 to reach East semis

With his team trailing after a lackluster effort in the first 20 minutes, Mats Zuccarello came through in the second period to help the New York Rangers get a big series-clinching win.

Zuccarello scored twice and the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"He's a competitive little bugger," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He competes every shift. He's become a real big part of our team, not just what he does on the ice, but he brings the team together. ... He came up huge for us tonight."

Derek Stepan also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots to help New York...

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