Canadiens Chase Lundqvist, Force Game 6
(MONTREAL) -- Henrik Lundqvist's great play in the NHL Eastern Conference Final didn't apply in Game 5.
Lundqvist allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled at the 8:58 mark in the second period as the Montreal Canadiens went on to beat the New York Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night.
The Rangers now lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.
When Lundqvist was pulled, the Canadiens led the game 4-1. The Rangers responded immediately, scoring three goals in under five minutes to tie the game. But Rene Bourque followed that by scoring one of his three goals on the night to give the Canadiens the lead for good.
"Everybody was ready for this game," Bourque said. "We knew the situation."
Cam Talbot let in two of the eight shots he faced after taking Lundqvist's place in net.
"I pulled (Lundqvist) him because I thought at that time we needed a little momentum shift and I thought it might catch everybody's attention," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "It did for a while. Obviously it didn't work out."
Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal in the win.
"I think you're starting to see us playing Montreal Canadiens hockey," Pacioretty said. "I don't think you've really seen it in this series just yet. It was great to see a little taste of it. I think we still have more. I think we still have little things to work on. And it should be a fun one going back there."
"There," meaning New York, where Game 6 will be held Thursday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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