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Canadiens beat Rangers in Game 5 of East final

MONTREAL — Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Canadiens chased Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to defeat New York 7-4 on Tuesday and stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final.

The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on Thursday night in New York.

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's makes it more special."

Derek Stepan, with a guard on his helmet to protect a broken jaw suffered from a Brandon Prust hit in Game 3, returned to score twice for the Rangers. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists and Rick Nash scored.

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, though Dustin Tokarski stopped Carl Hagelin's shot midway through the first period with the end of his stick.

Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots, with Cam Talbot appearing in the second period. Talbot stopped two of the eight shots he faced.

"I pulled him because I thought at that time we needed a little momentum shift," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I thought it might catch everyone's attention. It did for a while. But obviously it didn't work out."

Tokarski, the former Lightning prospect subbing for the injured Carey Price, stayed in despite allowing four on his first 14.

Pacioretty scored on a nice pass from Brendan Gallagher at 3:44 of the second and Bourque gave Montreal a three-goal lead when he spun and scored from in close. That chased Lundqvist.

Nash whipped a puck at the Montreal net and had it go in off defenseman Andrei Markov's skate 9:48.

Stepan got his second in a scramble in front of Tokarski at 12:06 and Kreider tied it on a power play at 14:12. The Bell Centre went quiet, but got loud again when Bourque got his second at 15:10 as he beat Talbot.

Several hats were thrown on the ice after Weise sent Bourque in alone to get his third of the game 6:33 into the third period.

Meanwhile, Price skated for a second straight day, this time in full equipment. But Montreal coach Michel Therrien reiterated that Price won't play in this series even if it goes seven games.

Canadiens2327
Rangers1304

First1, Montreal, Galchenyuk 2 (Subban, Markov), 1:48 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 4 (Kreider, Staal), 10:44. 3, Montreal, Plekanec 4 (Gionta, Galchenyuk), 12:24. PenaltiesKreider, NYR (tripping), :22; Desharnais, Mon (roughing), 18:33.

Second4, Montreal, Pacioretty 5 (Gallagher, Markov), 3:44. 5, Montreal, Re.Bourque 6 (Eller, Vanek), 6:54. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 3 (McDonagh, Kreider), 9:48. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 5 (Kreider, Nash), 12:06. 8, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 4 (McDonagh, Brassard), 14:12 (pp). 9, Montreal, Re.Bourque 7 (Weise, Eller), 15:10. PenaltiesMarkov, Mon (interference), 1:03; Zuccarello, NYR (goaltender interference), 4:46; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 8:58; Dorsett, NYR (roughing, high-sticking), 8:58; Bouillon, Mon (high-sticking), 8:58; Re.Bourque, Mon (roughing), 8:58; Weise, Mon (roughing), 8:58; Plekanec, Mon (diving), 13:05; Pouliot, NYR (tripping), 18:35.

Third10, Montreal, Re.Bourque 8 (Weise, Markov), 6:33. 11, Montreal, Desharnais 2 (Pacioretty), 15:43 (en-sh). PenaltiesGorges, Mon (interference), 7:19; Bouillon, Mon (holding), 8:46; J.Moore, NYR, served by Dorsett match penalty (match), 10:41; Eller, Mon (holding), 14:11; Brassard, NYR (roughing), 16:28; Eller, Mon (cross-checking, roughing), 16:28; Re.Bourque, Mon, major-misconduct (cross checking), 20:00. ShotsN.Y. Rangers 10-6-11—27. Montreal 12-12-4—28. Power playsN.Y. Rangers 1 of 7; Montreal 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist (19 shots-15 saves), Talbot 0-1-0 (8:58 second, 8-6). Montreal, Tokarski 2-2-0 (27-23). A0 (21,273). T2:41. Referees—Steve Kozari, Brad Watson. LinesmenPierre Racicot, Steve Barton.

Jackets extend coach: The Blue Jackets signed coach Todd Richards to a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season. Richards, 47, is 85-70-16 with Columbus, including a franchise-best 43-32-7 this season, when they made the playoffs for just the second time in their 13 seasons.

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