Last night in NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens looked to avoid elimination in game five against the New York Rangers.
New York Rangers – 4 Montreal Canadiens – 7 (Rangers lead series 3-2)
*Fighting for their season, the Montreal Canadiens wasted little time in gave five, getting on the board just 1:48 into the game thanks to a power play goal by Alex Galchenyuk. Once things settled down, the Rangers tied things up on a goal by Derek Steppan, but the Habs grabbed the lead back minutes later on a goal by Tomas Plekanec. The second period is when things got a little crazy. Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque scored to give the Habs a 4-1 lead, but the Rangers answered with three unanswered goals in five minutes from Rick Nash, Steppan, and Chris Kreider. It looked like the Rangers had all the momentum, but Bourque scored his second goal of the game with five minutes left in the period to give the Habs a 5-4 lead entering the third. Bourque would complete the hat trick at 6:33 into the third and David Desharnais iced the game with a shorthanded goal with just under five minutes left in the game. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after giving up four goals on 19 shots. Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves in victory. Tempers flared in this one as the two teams combined for 61 penalty minutes. Game six is Thursday in New York.