Habs’ Bourque scores Game 5 hat trick; caps thrown on parents’ lawn 2,500 miles away

Rene Bourque of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his hat trick in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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With the Canadiens’ season on the line, Montreal forward Rene Bourque stepped up vs. New York in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The third-year Canadien tallied three goals, including the game-winner, as the Habs defeated the Rangers 7-4 to send the series back to Madison Square Garden.

Bourque completed his hat trick with a snap shot to the glove side of Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot, prompting the Montreal faithful at the Bell Centre to toss their hats to the ice in celebration.

2,500 miles west across Canada, a few more caps fell on a patch of lawn in Lac la Biche, Alberta, in front of the house of Bourque’s parents.

Check out the photo below, which was reposted by the Canadiens’ official Twitter account:

The Canadiens trail the Rangers 3-2 in the series with a Stanley Cup Final bid on the line. Game 6 is Thursday in Manhattan, after which Habs fans probably hope Bourque’s parents have more cleaning up to do.