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After chasing Henrik Lundqvist and blowing lead, Canadiens kept their cool

Montreal Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk, right, celebrates with teammate

Montreal Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk, right, celebrates with teammate P.K. Subban after scoring on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Montreal. Photo Credit: AP / Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL - The Canadiens got mad over John Moore's hit on Dale Weise late in Game 5, but their focus is more on getting the series even than anything else now.

"Those are things that shouldn't be in the game," Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver said. "Just saw that it was almost from behind, it wasn't really a side hit. We'll let the league deal with that."

"It's for sure a dirty hit," Alex Galchenyuk said. "Pretty late also, straight to the head."

The Canadiens dealt with a sloppy Rangers team in Game 5 Tuesday night, led by Rene Bourque's hat trick. No one in the Montreal room was particularly happy with the way the Canadiens turned a 4-1 lead into a tie game in the second, but Bourque scored the timely go-ahead goal and then completed his hat trick on Cam Talbot in the third.

"It's tough to give up a 4-1 lead. We had to look ourselves in the mirror and just go and do it ourselves," Max Pacioretty said. "Bourquie really stepped up. He's got world-class speed and a great shot. When we get four lines rolling like that, we're a dangerous team."

And chasing Henrik Lundqvist from the Rangers' net was no small accomplishment in Game 5. The Canadiens have no illusions that Lundqvist will be reduced to something less than he's been for Thursday's Game 6, but perhaps the Rangers goaltender's air of invincibility is gone.

"He's a good goalie, but we can't give him all the credit," said Galchenyuk, who deflected P.K. Subban's shot past Lundqvist to open the scoring 1:48 in. "We've got to focus on what we can do, not make it easy for him. We knew we were going to get some past him someday and it was good that it was tonight."

"He's going to come back stronger than ever next game and we know that," Weaver said. "We have to keep getting pucks and bodies to the net, make it tough on him."

Weaver, who was acquired by the Canadiens from Florida at the trade deadline, noted the calm in the dressing room after the wild second period. He felt it was a good omen for a team that rallied from 3-2 down to defeat the Bruins last round.

"That's what I like about this team," he said. "There's no panic."

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