The Montreal Canadiens have avoided elimination in the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoffs and forced a game six back in New York after a 7-4 win at the Bell Centre last night.

It was a wild game, with the Habs watching a 4-1 lead slip away until Rene Bourque scored the game winner near the end of a crazy second period. 

"It's huge. We got the life sucked out of us a bit — a couple bad bounces. We've got to stay out of the box, I think. We don't want to let them back in the game, and that's what we did," said Canadiens' left winger Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty was one of the Habs goal scorers last night along with Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, and David Desharnais.

However, the night really belonged to Rene Bourque after scoring a hat trick for the win.

"It's probably the biggest game of my career," said Bourque.

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The Canadiens beat the Rangers 7-4 with the Rangers lading the best of seven series 3-2. (CP/Paul Chiasson)

"I had a tough first period. The puck was bouncing a lot and I found it a little bit better in the second period. Sometimes the puck just seems to be wherever you are going. It seems to be following you. My linesmen did a great job of getting the puck to me and we had a lot of shots on net." 

In 63 regular season games, Bourque scored nine goals. In 16 playoff games, he has scored eight. ​

The Canadiens will play game 6 in New York tomorrow (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).


The CBC Montreal Sports team has you covered for the Montreal Canadiens' 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. Andie Bennett and Doug Gelevan are with Habs from the first round all the way to the victory parade.

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