Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final.

The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on Thursday night in New York.

Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal.

"That was a lot of fun," Pacioretty said. "We came out strong. That's a group effort. Everyone contributed tonight and that's makes it more special."

Derek Stepan, playing with a guard on his helmet to protect a broken jaw suffered from a Brandon Prust hit in Game 3, returned to the lineup to score twice for the Rangers. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists and Rick Nash also scored.

"It was a different game than what we've had so far in this series," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Lundqvist was pulled in favor of Cam Talbot after allowing four goals on 19 shots.

  • Prust served the second of his two-game suspension and can return for Game 6.

    Kings-Blackhawks: Los Angeles has a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final, but the defending Stanley Cup champions are back at home in Chicago for Game 5 on Wednesday night, and have dug out of similar trouble before.


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    "We're expecting their best," Kings center Trevor Lewis said. "They're back at home now. We're expecting them to come out hard. I mean, they're defending Cup champions. I don't think they're going to give up by any means."

    The Kings, on the brink of their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons, have shredded Chicago's penalty-kill unit for five goals in its past 10 chances, while holding the Blackhawks to one power-play goal in their past 11 opportunities.

    Blue Jackets: Columbus signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season.