Montreal • Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final.
The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on Thursday night in New York.
» Montreal 7,N.Y. Rangers 4
Rangers lead series 3-2
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Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, which outshot the Rangers 28-27.
"That was a lot of fun," Pacioretty said. "We came out strong. That’s a group effort. Everyone contributed tonight and that makes it more special."
Derek Stepan, playing with a guard on his helmet to protect a broken jaw that he suffered from a Brandon Prust hit in Game 3, returned to the lineup to score twice for the Rangers. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists and Rick Nash also scored.
"It was a different game than what we’ve had so far in this series," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
At 10:41 of the third, Rangers defenseman John Moore was given a major penalty and was ejected for a blindside, open-ice hit on Dale Weise that was similar to Prust’s hit on Stepan. Weise was wobbly when he got up and went for treatment, but returned to the bench late in the period.
It was a night of strange bounces and spotty goaltending, even if New York’s best chance of the game had Carl Hagelin’s shot stopped by the end of Dustin Tokarski’s stick midway through the first period.
The Canadiens scored seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since beating the Hartford Whalers 7-4 on April 27, 1992.
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