Updated: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:55 | By Agence France-Presse

Bourque hat-trick keeps Canadiens alive in NHL playoffs

Rene Bourque posted the first post-season hat-trick of his career as Montreal stayed alive in the NHL playoffs with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers.


Bourque hat-trick keeps Canadiens alive in NHL playoffs

Rene Bourque (R) of the Montreal Canadiens scores a third period goal past the New York Rangers' Cam Talbot during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final in Montreal on May 27, 2014 - by Richard Wolowicz

The Canadiens fended off elimination in the Eastern Conference final, closing the gap in the best-of-seven series to three-games-to-two.

Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk added a goal and assist each for the Canadiens, who received additional goals from Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais on Tuesday.

Andrei Markov added three assists, Lars Eller and Dale Weise assisted on a pair of scores apiece, while goalie Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 shots in the victory.

Derek Stepan, playing with a broken jaw, scored a pair of goals for the Rangers, who battled back from a 4-1 deficit  but couldn't close it out.

They will get another chance to book their Stanley Cup finals berth when they host game six on Thursday.

The winners of the series will face either the reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings for the NHL crown.

Chris Kreider contributed a goal and three assists and Rick Nash also scored for New York.

Cam Talbot surrendered two goals on eight shots in relief of starting Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who exited after yielding four goals on 19 chances.

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