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Bourque scores hat trick in Canadiens playoff win

Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
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According to TSN on Tuesday, former Calgary Flame Rene Bourque registered a hat trick as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 in game five of the Eastern Conference Final series in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. With the victory, the Canadiens won their second game of the series but still trail the Rangers 3-2.

Bourque scored his first goal at 6:54 of the second period from Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek. The goal put the Canadiens up by a commanding 4-1 lead only to see the Rangers score three unanswered goals in a span of four minutes and 24 seconds in the second period to tie the score at four goals apiece.

Bourque then put the Canadiens up 5-4 in the second period from Eller and Dale Weise. The goal with 4:50 remaining in the second period would end up being the game winning goal. It was Bourque's second game winning goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs as he also had the game winning goal in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Bourque then put the Canadiens up 6-4 in the third period when he scored from Weise and Andrei Markov. Shortly after Weise assisted on Bourque's hat trick goal, he was hit hard by Rangers' defenseman John Moore, who received a major penalty for the infraction. Weise got up under the assistance of teammate P.K. Subban.

Bourque played for the Calgary Flames from 2008-2012 before being traded from Calgary to Montreal with Patrick Holland and a second round draft pick for Mike Cammalleri, Karri Ramo and a fifth round draft pick on January 12, 2012. Bourque has had an excellent Stanley Cup playoffs for the Canadiens. A streaky scorer, Bourque has eight goals and three assists for 11 points in 16 playoff games.

Bourque has rebounded after a poor regular season. In 63 games, the native of Lac La Biche, Alberta had only nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.