Canadiens' Rene Bourque not impressed with Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist

May 28, 2014 - 6:37 am
Rene Bourque scored just once on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist Tuesday night. But that goal from the Canadiens forward 6:54 into the second period was enough to end Lundqvist's night in a 7-4 Montreal win to force a Game 6 in the Eastern Conference finals. But Bourque wasn't done there. He scored twice more to complete the hat trick, then criticized New York's star goalie after the game. "Everybody talks about how he'€™s a great goalie," Bourque said of Lundqvist. "Has he been better than [Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski] this series? I don'€™t think so." Lundqvist wasn't the only Ranger given an early exit on Tuesday night. Defenseman John Moore received a game misconduct midway through the third period for a elbow to the head of Canadiens forward Dale Weise, and has a hearing with the NHL on Wednesday which could result in a suspension. "The league will do what it has to do," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He was penalized on the ice. Johnny'€™s definitely not the type of player who'€™s trying to hurt someone, and it was a late hit, and it was right to call it on the ice." If there's one thing New York can feel good about, it was the return of Derek Stepan. Stepan, who missed Game 4 with a broken jaw suffered in Game 3 on a late hit from Brandon Prust, who served the second of his two-game suspension Tuesday night, scored twice in the Rangers' loss. "If there was a positive, the fact that [Stepan] was able to -- under those conditions -- play such a strong game [was one]," Vigneault said after the game. "That whole line was good. We need to get the rest of our group to play the same way." The Canadiens already have a strong reputation for embellishing to draw penalties. On Tuesday night, it was blatant enough to get the referee's attention, as Tomas Plekanec received an unsportsmanlike minor for diving 13:05 into the second period.