New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5

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New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5
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The Montreal Canadiens have passed the first of three potential win-or-go-home examinations.

The Habs took the ice at the Bell Center Tuesday night trailing the New York Rangers three games to one in the Eastern Conference Final. If they are going to survive and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, that means they are going to have to beat the Rangers three straight times.

They survived the first of those games with an explosive 7-4 victory over the Rangers that featured a hat trick from overachieving Rene Bourque and a rare off-night from New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The Canadiens displayed the urgency needed to earn a trip back to Madison Square Garden for Game 6, while New York's mid-game push was not enough.

Here are the key takeaways from Game 5 of the series.

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