Rangers lead 3-2
On Thursday night, the Habs will attempt to force Game 7 with a win at Madison Square Garden.
Facing elimination in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Habs chased Henrik Lundqvist from his crease and won convincingly, 7-4. Rene Bourque became the first player in four years to score a playoff hat trick for the Canadiens with three goals on four shots. Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais were the other scorers for Montreal.
Down 4-1 in the second period, the Rangers temporarily made a game of it by scoring three times in five minutes. However, Bourque scored his second goal of the night on a partial breakaway just 58 seconds after Chris Kreider tied the game on a powerplay. Also lighting the lamp for the Rangers were Derek Stepan (twice) and Rick Nash.
Brandon Prust has served his two-game suspension and will be back in the lineup on Thursday. Alexei Emelin missed Game 5 due to injury; his status is unknown for Game 6.
The Rangers’ John Moore may receive supplemental discipline for his late hit against Dale Weise on Tuesday night. Moore received a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.
The Habs have gone 3-0 this spring when facing elimination and will need to win two more do-or-die games in order to make the Stanley Cup finals.
Puck drop will be at 8:00PM E.S.T.