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Canadiens 7, Rangers 4

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MONTREAL -- Rene Bourque scored a hat trick to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

The win snapped the Rangers' five-game playoff road-winning streak, which dates back to Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Left-wingers Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty and centers Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens, who won three straight elimination games this postseason.

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for Montreal.

New York goalie Cam Talbot stopped six shots in relief of Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

Galchenyuk got things started with his second of the playoffs at 1:48 of the first period. After Rangers winger Mats Zuccarrello failed to clear, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban ripped one from the blue line that was tipped by the second-year forward, standing in front of Lundqvist. It was just the second power-play goal the Canadiens scored in the series.

The Rangers tied it at 10:44 when center Derek Stepan's shot from a few strides inside the Montreal blue line beat Tokarski. Stepan returned to the line-up after missing Game 4 following surgery to repair a fractured jaw suffered in Game 3.

Plekanec restored the Canadiens' lead less than two minutes later on a similar shot in the Rangers' zone.

Montreal picked up its first two-goal lead of the series when right winger Brendan Gallagher, falling, fed Pacioretty with a cross-ice dish at 3:44 of the middle stanza.

Left untouched in front of Lundqvist by the Rangers' top defensive pair of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, Bourque notched his first of the night on a spin-and-score. That marked the end of the night for Lundqvist.

Then the visitor's rally began. First came Nash's tally at 9:48 that was tipped by Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges. A few minutes later, Stepan picked up his second of the night on a miscommunication and failed clearing attempt by Montreal. Kreider, from the crease, evened it up, 4-4, on the power play at 14:12.

Bourque brought a nervous Bell Centre back to life 58 seconds later when his shot from the high slot beat Talbot.

The hats came flying at 6:33 of the third period when Bourque made his way through the New York defense and converted winger Dale Weise's feed.

Weise left the game at 10:41 of the final frame when he took a blindside hit from Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was assessed a five-minute major and a match penalty. Weise returned to the Canadiens' bench several minutes later.

Desharnais sealed it for Montreal with an empty-net goal after the Rangers pulled their goalie with just over four minutes left.

NOTES: Canadiens LW Brandon Prust served the second game of his two-game suspension for his hit on Stepan in Game 2. ... Montreal D Nathan Beaulieu drew back in after sitting as a healthy scratch in Game 3. He replaced D Alexei Emelin, who was out with an injury. ... New York LW Daniel Carcillo served the second of his 10-game suspension. ... Game 5 marked the first time since Game 6 against the Bruins that the Canadiens scored more than three goals. ... Heading into the game, the Rangers hadn't given up more than three since Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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