Hurricanes’ third-period explosion against the Rangers keeps them alive.

The survival instinct of the Carolina Hurricanes came into play.

In Game 5 of an Eastern Conference second-round series, down 1-0 at the halfway point and with elimination in the balance, the Hurricanes overcame the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden thanks to three goals in a 6:23 stretch.

At 3:33 of the third, veteran captain Jordan Staal tied the score at one. He crossed in front of the net, swooping in off the left side and backhanding the puck past Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.

Three minutes later, Evgeny Kuznetsov dribbled in a rebound to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.

At 9:56, Jordan Martinook scored from the slot to make it 3-1.

With 3:29 remaining, Martin Necas’ empty-net goal sealed the victory. He received assistance as well.

Prior to Monday, Carolina has suffered five straight losses at Madison Square Garden. And it seemed like that run would hold throughout the middle portion of the game.

The Rangers led 1-0 at 6:23 in the second period thanks to a shorthanded goal by defenseman Jacob Trouba. After stopping a shot by Sebastian Aho, he scored on a wrist shot from the right circle to start a 2-on-1 rush.

Frederik Andersen of Carolina gave up just that one goal in his 20 saves.

Thursday at 7 p.m., at Raleigh, North Carolina’s PNC Arena, is game six. In the series, the Hurricanes are presently down 3-2.

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