Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bourque Hat Trick Brings Habs Back Against Rangers

It almost looked an NCAA all-star game last night in Montreal.  

Rene Bourque (Wisconsin) tallied a hat trick to power the host Canadiens to a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers and keep the Habs' season alive. Max Pacioretty (Michigan) had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which staved off elimination for the third time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) scored two goals and Chris Kreider (Boston College) notched a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who fought back from a 4-1 deficit to briefly tie the game at 4-4 before Bourque's second goal put the Canadiens back ahead for good. New York still leads the best of-seven Eastern Conference final, three games to two, with Game 6 to be played Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Cam Talbot (Alabama-Huntsville) took the loss in net for New York, surrendering Bourque's last two goals after coming on in relief in the second period. Talbot finished with six saves on eight shots in just his second career NHL playoff appearance.

Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) collected two assists for the Rangers, both in the six-goal second period, while Brian Gionta (Boston College) and Thomas Vanek (Minnesota) had one assist each for Montreal.

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