Just like that, the Montreal Canadiens have new life.
After an offensive onslaught in a 7-4 Game 5 victory against the New York Rangers, Montreal is now just one game back heading into Thursday's Game 6.
Here's a look at the game's viewing information, odds and outlook:
Canadiens vs. Rangers Game 6
Series: Rangers lead 3-2
When: Thursday, May 29
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Odds: New York -165, Montreal +150 (via OddsShark.com)
The Canadiens are still on the brink of elimination, but the offensive surge they showed on Tuesday night will give the team some much-needed momentum and confidence going forward.
Montreal's special teams unit finally came alive in Game 5, recording an early power play goal, followed by a shorthanded goal in the third period. Although the team's penalty killing unit allowed one power play goal, they thwarted six other Rangers' attempts.
Adding to the resurgent offense, Rene Bourque shone on Tuesday night, recording a hat trick and helping the team chase Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist off the ice.
A tweet from SportsCenter sums up Montreal's Game 5 offense and playoff resilience perfectly:
During a press conference with the Associated Press after the game, via ESPN.com, Montreal forward Max Pacioretty spoke of his team's efforts:
I think you're starting to see us playing Montreal Canadiens hockey. 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.
Defensively, this marked Dustin Tokarski's fourth start since the injury of Carey Price. Tokarski wasn't phenomenal, allowing four goals on 23 shots, but he was solid enough to earn the victory.
Game 6 will be yet another difficult test for the Canadiens, as they must now face the Rangers in New York.
On their home ice in a close-out game, the Rangers will be taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure this series doesn't go to a Game 7.
Although, they may be without John Moore after this illegal Game 5 hit on Dale Weise, courtesy of a tweet from theScore:
Should the Canadiens emerge victorious once more, the final game of the series will be played in Montreal, suddenly giving the team the advantage despite numerous obstacles.
With a crucial Game 6 on the horizon, not a moment of the action should be missed, as this promises to be a highly entertaining and intense contest.
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