Another night and another elimination game for the Canadiens. Montreal looks to stay alive once more and force a seventh game back at the Bell Centre on Saturday when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight.
You can listen to the game live on TSN Radio 690 and TSN.ca/Montreal at 8pm et/5pm pt. Also, TSN.ca features live streaming of the Bell Centre viewing party in Montreal and the post-game news conferences with head coaches Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault.
Down 3-1 in their series on Tuesday, Rene Bourque notched his first career postseason hat trick as the Habs pulled out an entertaining 7-4 win in Game 5.
"It was a happy moment, especially when this team was facing elimination," Bourque said. "Everyone was ready for this game in a tense situation. After they tied it, we had to settle down. We had to make it work again to bounce back. We've been here before; we have to relax and get back to the basics instead of running around."
Bourque wasn't the only prominent Canadien on the scoreboard, as Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk added a goal and assist each for the Canadiens with additional tallies from Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais. Andrei Markov added three helpers, Lars Eller and Dale Weise assisted on a pair of scores apiece, while Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 shots in the victory.
Cam Talbot surrendered two goals on eight shots in relief of Henrik Lundqvist, who exited after yielding four goals on 19 chances. Derek Stepan returned from a broken jaw to net a pair of goals for the Rangers, who battled back from a 4-1 deficit but get another chance to close out the series on home ice in Game 6 on Thursday.
The Rangers will be without the services of John Moore for the rest of the series, after the defenceman received a two-game suspension for a high hit on Montreal's Dale Weise late in the third period. Former Canadiens Raphael Diaz, who hasn't played yet in this series, could draw in for Moore.
Weise will not play tonight, while defenceman Alexei Emelin will be a game-time decision. Emelin missed Game 5 and was replaced in the lineup by Nathan Beaulieu.
Brandon Prust, who got his own two-game ban for a similar hit to Stepan in Game 3, returns to the lineup.
With 10 postseason wins, the 2013-14 Canadiens have gone further than any Montreal team in the playoffs since their Stanley Cup winning run in 1993.
The Rangers, playing in their third conference final in 20 years, are looking to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since Mark Messier's team won a championship in 1994.