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Bourque’s hat trick helps Habs survive a wild Game 5

May 27, 2014, 11:06 PM EDT

As it turns out, this Montreal Canadiens – New York Rangers series is just too wild, wonderful and weird to end in five games.

The Canadiens rode Rene Bourque‘s hat trick and some video game-level scoring, defense and goaltending to beat the Rangers 7-4 in Game 5. This series shifts to Madison Square Garden with the Rangers up 3-2.

Bourque now has eight goals in this postseason after scoring just nine in the regular season:

Normally a two-goal game from a returning Derek Stepan would be the story of the game, yet this was not an ordinary contest, even in an exciting postseason.

The Habs are now 3-0 in elimination games in the playoffs. The Rangers have won every elimination game they needed to gain, yet they haven’t made things easy for themselves. If they lose in Game 6, they’d face the unpleasant thought of a third seven-game series in the 2014 postseason.

Goaltending will be one of the top stories to watch in Game 6. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled midway through the second period only to see a Rangers surge that left Dustin Tokarski unsettled. Still, Tokarski made enough saves to hold onto the win … though it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll be in net on Thursday.

It was a game in which past storylines resurfaced. The Canadiens’ power play broke through with a 1-0 goal after taking advantage of yet another bonehead penalty by the Rangers:

There was plenty of discussion about embellishment in Game 4, which obviously registered with the officials. Remarkably, the Rangers gained a power play after Tomas Plekanec drew a rare embellishment penalty that didn’t also come with a matching minor for his opponents.

The Rangers managed to tie the game briefly thanks to that opportunity, but it wouldn’t last. Bourque’s 5-4 goal stood as the game-winner while the Habs added to their lead in a third period that turned violent.

The game concluded with some ugliness, especially with John Moore‘s match penalty elbowing hit on Dale Weise, who may or may not be injured:

Lars Eller delivered a hit that might get some mild criticism in its own right. After that, Derek Dorsett ruffled more than a few feathers with his behavior late in the game, which might just spark the war of words between these two teams.

Again, this game really had just about everything. Even with all of those lowlights for the goalies, Tokarski managed to make a beauty of a save and some big stops that will likely get lost in the larger narrative of their struggles.

It’s anyone’s guess how Game 6 will play out at Madison Square Garden, but it will be tough to top tonight’s game. Then again, this has been one of the most remarkable series of a remarkable postseason, so it would be foolish to guarantee that we’ve already seen the best of the Eastern Conference finals.

  1. canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    6 of the last 9 Rangers playoff series have gone to Game 7.

    This will be no different.

    • dschrode2013 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Good call!

  2. canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    10 consecutive articles on the same game.

    That has to be a new PHT record.

    • ronhextaller - May 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Oh yeah, PHT has really neglected all those other games tonight!

    • 19to77 - May 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      In fairness, it was one hell of a show. Henrik pulled? ELEVEN goals? This was just ridiculous.

  3. canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Alain Vigneault is used to seeing his team give up 6+ goals in the playoffs…

    just ask the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

    • brandotho - May 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Difference is, he has Henrik Lundqvist now and now Roberto Luongo

      • brandotho - May 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM


      • hawkeedawg - May 28, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        Ahem, Luongo Olympic Gold X 2 including vs. Lundqvist, Strombone 1 has been to a seven game SCF, a lot closer than the king has ever gotten.
        All time stats for you, Luongo 14 best in career, King is 24.

      • wingsdjy - May 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Those are all time wins, which is meaningless when they haven’t played the same number of games.

        Looking at win percentage

        Luongo – 373 wins in 803 games = 46.4%
        Lundqvist – 309 wins in 574 games = 53.8%

        Looking at save percentage:

        Luongo = 0.919
        Lundqvist = 0.921

        Looking at GAA:

        Luongo = 2.51
        Lundqvist = 2.26

        The stats are all in Lundqvist’s favor.

    • brandotho - May 28, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Two Gold medals? Luongo wasn’t even the starter this year in Sochi, and Price was the one who beat Lundqvist. Besides, in both the NHL and Olympics Luongo has played for better teams than Hank has. Don’t get me wrong, Luongo is definitely great and he’d probably be a def HOF if Thomas didn’t one up him in the Finals

  4. joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Three consecutive posts by the same commenter. That has to be a new PHT record.

    Slow clap for nucks30.

    • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      That’s funny coming from the guy with 10 different accounts and the guy who spams every comments section with conversations with himself.

      • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        In case you missed one if my accounts is supposed to be canucks30. Are you really me? That would mean 4 consecutive posts by nucks30.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Have to agree with canucks on that one. Joey loves conversing with himself and his multiple personalities.

    • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      See below, Charliezz just accomplished the same feat.

  5. charlie24zz - May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Talking about all the embellishment the Habs do, can we talk about how once the game was out of hand, how the Rags just gooned it up? Dorsett on Weise and his headbutt on Weaver…animals

    • charlie24zz - May 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Moore on Weise*

    • charlie24zz - May 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Don’t forget about all those sneaky slewfoots, f****** hypocrites

  6. billiam55 - May 27, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    shoutout to all the classy habs fans who threw bottles and cans at the rangers as they were leaving.

    • dolphincult - May 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      right back at ya. Cuz we know how classy the ranger fans are. We have been witness to it all week on this site.

      • billiam55 - May 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        ur basing it on an NBC hockey talk website? pff gimme a brake. u haven’t seen ranger fans throw crap on the ice at the habs in MSG. cant wait for fans to yell OLE OLE OLE when we beat u in game 6.

    • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Why don’t you just stick to hockey?

  7. dolphincult - May 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    where are you sportsjudge? afraid to face the whiney hab fans? that’s right ranger fans step up and lets see who whines now? waaaaahh no fair, refs blah blah blah, See you in game 6.

  8. 950003cups - May 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    WHO IS IT?

  9. r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Good grief, every game I watch the Habs play, the more I dislike their game. Thanks Boston for not eliminating these guys last series (looks to Terrier92, Pepper, Pastabelly). NYR, please close these guys out in game 6. Obviously I have enough to worry about with how crappy my team is playing but someone has got to eliminate Les Habitants.

    Hank bounces back in game 6.

    • dolphincult - May 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      go away cowpattiehawk

      • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Last night, my whereabouts on PHT were questioned, now I am asked to leave. Talk about mixed messages…

        Not gonna happen Doll, NHL fans are sick and tired of the incessant embellishment and diving. Combine that with the worst chant in sports (ole’ ole’) and you would think we are watching a soccer game instead of hockey.

      • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Lol at the ole ole chant

      • canucks30 - May 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        My favourite Canadiens dive of all time:

  10. lowenni - May 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Good for Bourque. He’s had a rough career in Montreal after some solid seasons in Calgary but he’s definitely redeeming himself now, showing the player people knew he could be. Rough night for Lundqvist as he looks to establish himself as the best goalie in the world again.

  11. muir6 - May 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    King will bounce back Rangers in 6

    • dolphincult - May 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      who? king of what? they don’t give crowns for regular season play. We will call him queen.

      • billiam55 - May 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        and im gonna call u queer with based on ur username,

  12. stakex - May 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    This was a screwy game all around. It sucks the Rangers couldn’t close it out tonight, but they are still in good shape. Have to think Thursday game will be a bit wild…

    One thing I would like to complain about though is AV’s decision to pull Talbot with 4:30 left, only down by two goals and on the power play. I know a couple teams have done similar things this year and been successful, and I would understand if the deficit was 3-4 goals… but the odds are not very good for doing it. They should have given their power play unity a chance to score, and if you get to 2:45 and its still a two goal deficit THEN you pull the goalie. Instead the Rangers handed Montreal the nail to drive into their own coffin.

    • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Our guy Edzo loved the aggressiveness, are you disagreeing with the best color analyst in the game? 😉

    • superross - May 28, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Sorry Stakex, I was trying to reply to your comment on my phone, but I accidentally reported your comment. Having said that, I do agree with you that it was a screwy game, but I think pulling the goalie was a smart move. As a Habs fan, I was very nervous!!!! 6 on 4 with a nervous rookie in net, The Rangers could have pulled victory from the jaws of defeat. I’m looking forward, read happy, there will be a game 6!!!!

      • stakex - May 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        lol no problem man, I think everyone has accidently reported a post at some point or another.

        Yeah I mean it wasn’t completely crazy, and I would have been nervous if I was on the other side as well. I just would have liked to for AV to at least give his guys a chance on the power play before going for the extra attacker. Doesn’t really matter though.

      • joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Nervous goalie in net. Where?

    • stepanup - May 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Agreed. That came was just a fluke and I don’t see any carry over from it into game 6. I expect a disciplined Rangers team in game 6, and a Ranger victory.

    • c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      yeah i agree. id give me team at least another minute to score a 5 on 5 goal. they were spending some time in the offensive zone, albeit with powerplays and such, but they were getting some chances.

      4:30 is to early in my opinion. thats a decent amount of hockey left for a 6-4 game.

  13. 950003cups - May 27, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    This will go to 7!!!

    • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      I’m sorry, but you lost all credibility after claiming to not know who Sandis Ozolinsh is.

      The guy was the best defenseman on the 2001 Hurricanes your Devils bounced in the first round and a key part of the Avs who appeared in the 2000 WCF, the same year the Devils won their second Cup.

      • r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        I really think 95cups was playing when he made that comment, there is no way he didn’t know who Sandis Ozolinsh is, right 95cups?

  14. brandotho - May 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Bourque had 16 points in the regular season, and now he’s opening his mouth trying to saw Tokarski has been better than Lundqvist. Just keep talking, Montreal. I hope the Rangers close these tools out on Thursday. Nice to do it at home

  15. iowa02 - May 27, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    This series just seems to be off. There is a history of rivalry and all but it seems to be getting out of hand. Suspensions, pushing refs, goalie interference to the point of injury. It also seems like the coaches are not controlling their benches. It just makes you want to series to end so no one else will get hurt.

    • dolphincult - May 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      fair comment Iowa……..except the part about rivalry. Habs could have cared less about nyr until now. …..and for the record Bruin fans showed way more class on this site than nyr fans that is for sure.

  16. c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    maybe i should be like joey4id and go back and find the post where i said Lundqvist was going to have a bad game at some point in this series to ensure it goes at least 6 if not 7.

    for the better part of the last two series, Lundqvist is easily the number one reason the rangers are winning. theres nothing wrong with that, but it cant happen for 15+ games in a row.

    now the rangers need to see if they can hold steady and eliminate the habs in game 6 or this is going to get interesting and they might find themselves in the same predicament that pittsburgh did.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      Hank is prone to choking in the playoffs. Lets see how he recovers.

      • c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        i dont know about choking. but yeah, for the “best goalie in the world” who has been on some pretty good teams youd think hed at least have made it to the final by now.

  17. muckleflugga - May 28, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    my favourite canucks diving poser of all time …

    • r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      thanks for the laugh Muckle. I’m surprised Canucks30 didn’t bring this one up…

  18. muckleflugga - May 28, 2014 at 1:24 AM


    i disagree …

    some of the bruins supporters crawling out of the sewer during the canadiens series were something to behold

    not regular contributors necessarily, but the johnny-come-lately multiple account slugs … worst sin, inbred stupidity and zero capacity for wit

    easy pickin’s

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