The skinny: Rene Bourque scored three goals, including the game winner and an insurance goal early in the third period as the Canadiens survived their third elimination game of this year's playoffs with a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The Rangers, who never led in the game, lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 3-2.

Back and forth: The Canadiens emerged from a wild second period with a 5-4 lead after the teams combined for six goals. Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque put the Canadiens ahead 4-1 but what seemed like a comfortable lead evaporated over a five-minute span. The Rangers' comeback started when Rick Nash's harmless-looking shot from the corner went in off Josh Gorges at 9:48. Derek Stepan cut the lead to one when he scored his second goal of the night off a goalmouth scramble at 12:06. Chris Kreider tied it with a power-play goal at 14:12. Dustin Tokarski came out to challenge Ryan McDonagh and that left Kreider wide open in the middle. Bourque put the Canadiens back in the lead when he created some room for himself and beat Henrik Lundqvist at 15:10.

Quick strike: The Canadiens scored what has become the all-important first goal when Alex Galchenyuk deflected a P.K. Subban blast from the blue line during a power play at 1:48 of the opening period.

Match game: The Rangers got on the board at 10:34 of the first period when Stepan scored with a shot off the rush. Stepan, who returned to action after missing Game 4 with a broken jaw, found the inside of the post on Tokarski's blocker side. The Canadiens regained the lead at 12:24 when Tomas Plakenec beat Lundqvist from 40 feet out. The scoring featured some slick passes by Galchenyuk and Brian Gionta and, while Subban didn't get an assist, he put the play in motion with a quick pass out of the Montreal zone.