In the end, the 35-year-old Lundqvist achieved what very few goalies have accomplished in recent seasons: In a taut first-round series decided by one or two turnabouts, he outplayed his Montreal counterpart, Carey Price, the 2015 winner of the Vezina and Hart Trophies.
That goal evened the score at 1-1, reignited the Garden crowd and changed the complexion of the game.
Lundqvist finished the series with striking statistics: a save percentage of .947 and a 1.70 goals against average.
In Game 6, he held fast in the face of a full-out Montreal assault during the first period.
For more than a decade, the face of the franchise has resided, ironically, behind the most concealing mask.