May 27, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Thomas Vanek (20) celebrates a left wing Rene Bourque (17) goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the second period in the game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers vs. Canadiens Game 5 results: Montreal avoids elimination with 7-4 win over New York

The New York Rangers are one win away from the Stanley Cup, but first they would need to take care of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. They had the opportunity to do so on Tuesday night, but things didn’t go as planned.

Montreal jumped out to a first period lead, which was all they needed to go on to a 7-4 win to pull within one game of the Rangers in the series.

Things got interesting in the second period with each team scoring three goals a piece, but the Canadiens had the edge again in the final frame to seal the victory with an empty net goal.

A hat trick from Rene Bourque helped to pace the Canadiens on offense.

The good news for the Rangers is that the action will shift back to Madison Square Garden for Game 6, but if the Canadiens are able to force a Game 7 then they will have reclaimed home ice advantage and will have the ability to finish an incredible comeback in front of their home fans at the Bell Centre.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place Thursday night.

The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. ET, with live coverage available on NBCSN and the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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