Thanks to a Rene Bourque hat trick the Montreal Canadiens are still in it thanks to a wild 7-4 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.
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The game that had everything
It might be easier to list the things that didn't happen during the Canadiens' 7-4 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final because pretty much everything that could have happened, happened There was a hat trick (Rene Bourque). There was a second period that saw the two teams combine for six goals on 17 shots, 20 penalty minutes, a goalie change, a blown 4-1 lead and one of the best individual efforts of the playoffs when Brendan Gallagher set up Max Pacioretty (pictured). We saw one of the best saves of the playoffs when Dustin Tokarski somehow robbed Carl Hagelin with the shaft of his goalie stick. We saw one of the greatest embellishments ever. We saw a headbutt. Derek Stepan returned from a broken jaw and scored a pair of goals for the Rangers. As far as NHL playoffs games are concerned, this was about as exciting and bizarre as it gets.
Hats off to Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque appeared in 63 games for the Montreal Canadiens during the regular season and did nothing but disappoint, scoring just nine goals on 118 shots. But because the NHL playoffs offer every player and team a fresh start, some crazy stuff can happen. Like Bourque following up that dismal regular-season performance by scoring eight goals on 51 shots in 16 games. His hat trick on Tuesday was the difference in Montreal's 7-4 win, because the NHL playoffs are unpredictable madness.
The Rangers did some dumb things late
Frustration started to set in for the Rangers late in the third period on Tuesday, and it could cost them a couple of players for Game 6 later in the week. John Moore delivered a late hit on Montreal's Dale Weise and earned a five-minute major and an ejection for elbowing. As if that wasn't enough, Derek Dorsett upped the ante later in the period with what appeared to be a headbutt aimed at Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. Will they be available for Game 6, or will the NHL throw the book at them?