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MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens were in serious trouble until Tomas Plekanec gave them new life with a tying goal with 18 seconds left. And when Alexander Radulov scored 18:34 into overtime, it gave a whole new look to their playoff series with the New York Rangers.

Instead of heading to New York trailing by two games, the Canadiens won 4-3 on Friday night to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal 1-1 with Game 3 set for Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

"Every time you win you kind of change the momentum," Plekanec said. "You feel better about yourself and your game. But it's just one game. We have to get better because we haven't played a great game yet."

Plekanec was put out for the final shift of the third period, with goalie Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker, because coach Claude Julien felt it was important to get the puck right away. Plekanec had a 63 percent win rate on faceoffs.

The veteran ended up redirecting Radulov's feed past goal Henrik Lundqvist to send the Bell Centre crowd of 21,288 into a frenzy. The goal was the latest tying playoff goal in Canadiens history, beating Jacques Lemaire's goal in 1975 with 24 seconds remaining.

Then Radulov, with his third point of the night, jammed the puck under Lundqvist from the edge of the crease in OT.

For a team that couldn't buy a goal in a 2-0 loss in the series opener, finally getting some offense was huge.

"I sat here and had to answer questions I felt we didn't deserve (after Game 1) and it gave is a little chip on our shoulder," captain Max Pacioretty said. "Obviously, we didn't want to go down 2-0 going on the road, but every shift you have a chance to make a difference in a game and everyone had that same mindset.

"The coach came in here after two and after three and just said the right things to everybody. It was such a good feeling to see everyone stop what they were doing and be completely still and listen to what the coach had to say. Everyone just bought in so well and it showed in our game and our resilience."

Jeff Petry and Paul Byron also scored for the Canadiens. They outshot New York 45-30 in regulation time and 58-38 overall.

The Rangers looked to be protecting their lead in the third period, when they were outshot 18-9, and gave up most of the scoring chances in OT, including Shea Weber's shot that clanged off a goalpost.

"It was a good game," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Both teams battled hard and got some looks. Both teams' goalies made some good saves."

Asked if losing the lead and the game may affect his team, Vigneault said: "When the puck drops on Sunday, we won't remember that."

Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers as they fought back from early 1-0 and 2-1 deficits.

Only 4:05 in, Lundqvist broke his stick and was helpless as Petry set up in the right circle and scored stick side.

Lundqvist answered by stopping Byron on a breakaway, and then Nathan Beaulieu lost the puck at the Rangers blue line, allowing Grabner to go in alone and deke Price and score with the backhand at 13:48.

Byron scored at 15:42 when Chris Kreider lost the puck to Brendan Gallagher, who followed in after his shot was stopped to feed it in front.

A melee broke out when Steve Ott flattened Zuccarello and it was the Rangers who seemed to get a lift from it as they tied the score 9:58 into the second. With Montreal on a slow line change, Jimmy Vesey took a pass at the blue line and sent Nash in alone for a perfect shot in off the far post.

New York went ahead at 14:47 when Brendan Smith banked a shot in off Zuccarello from the left point.

With 54 saves, Lundqvist bested his previous playoff high of 49.

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SCORING SUMMARY

1st Period Summary

Time Team Goal Assists Canadiens Rangers
4:05 Jeff Petry Phillip Danault , Alexander Radulov 1 0
13:48 Michael Grabner Unassisted 1 1
15:42 Paul Byron Brendan Gallagher , Tomas Plekanec 2 1

2nd Period Summary

Time Team Goal Assists Canadiens Rangers
9:58 Rick Nash Jimmy Vesey , Nick Holden 2 2
14:47 Mats Zuccarello Brendan Smith , Derek Stepan 2 3

3rd Period Summary

Time Team Goal Assists Canadiens Rangers
19:42 Tomas Plekanec Alexander Radulov , Alex Galchenyuk 3 3

Overtime Summary

Time Team Goal Assists Canadiens Rangers
18:34 Alexander Radulov Max Pacioretty , Shea Weber 4 3

PENALTY SUMMARY

1st Period Summary

No penalties in this period.

2nd Period Summary

Time Team Player Penalty
4:51 Alexander Radulov 2 minutes for Slashing
7:05 Mats Zuccarello 4 minutes for Roughing
7:05 J.T. Miller 5 minutes for Fighting
7:05 Shea Weber 5 minutes for Fighting
7:05 Jordie Benn 2 minutes for Roughing
11:30 Brady Skjei 2 minutes for Roughing
14:52 Jordie Benn 2 minutes for Interference
18:47 Alexander Radulov 2 minutes for High-sticking

3rd Period Summary

Time Team Player Penalty
0:57 Mats Zuccarello 2 minutes for Stick Holding

BOXSCORE

Skaters
Player G A P +/- SOG PIM SHF TOI FW FL
Pavel Buchnevich 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Adam Clendening 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Jesper Fast 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 19:01 0 0
Dan Girardi 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 28:20 0 0
Tanner Glass 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 12:26 0 0
Michael Grabner 1 0 1 0 3 0 32 19:28 0 0
Kevin Hayes 0 0 0 0 3 0 36 21:51 12 9
Nick Holden 0 1 1 -2 3 0 36 22:29 0 0
Steven Kampfer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Kevin Klein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Chris Kreider 0 0 0 0 3 2 33 20:30 0 0
Oscar Lindberg 0 0 0 0 2 0 20 11:54 9 2
Ryan McDonagh 0 0 0 0 2 0 44 33:12 0 0
J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 2 5 30 20:49 0 1
Rick Nash 1 0 1 -1 6 0 39 19:29 0 0
Brandon Pirri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Matt Puempel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Brady Skjei 0 0 0 1 0 2 42 23:17 0 0
Brendan Smith 0 1 1 1 1 0 38 22:13 0 0
Marc Staal 0 0 0 -2 3 0 36 21:51 0 0
Derek Stepan 0 1 1 0 4 0 36 25:25 10 14
Jimmy Vesey 0 1 1 -1 1 0 29 17:16 0 0
Mika Zibanejad 0 0 0 -1 2 0 39 21:50 8 12
Mats Zuccarello 1 0 1 0 3 6 32 23:29 0 0
Goalies
Player GA SA SV SV% MIN
Henrik Lundqvist 4 58 54 .931 78
Skaters
Player G A P +/- SOG PIM SHF TOI FW FL
Nathan Beaulieu 0 0 0 -3 3 0 29 23:29 0 0
Jordie Benn 0 0 0 1 1 4 37 23:12 0 0
Paul Byron 1 0 1 1 3 0 31 21:00 0 1
Phillip Danault 0 1 1 1 3 0 29 19:58 10 10
Brandon Davidson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Alexei Emelin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Brian Flynn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Alex Galchenyuk 0 1 1 1 5 0 28 21:09 1 2
Brendan Gallagher 0 1 1 1 9 0 29 20:31 0 0
Dwight King 0 0 0 -2 1 0 22 13:17 0 0
Artturi Lehkonen 0 0 0 -1 3 0 28 19:16 0 0
Andrei Markov 0 0 0 2 2 0 39 33:41 0 0
Andreas Martinsen 0 0 0 -1 1 0 16 11:02 0 0
Michael McCarron 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Torrey Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Nikita Nesterov 0 0 0 -1 0 0 17 13:05 0 0
Steve Ott 0 0 0 0 1 0 21 13:32 5 6
Max Pacioretty 0 1 1 2 7 0 33 26:22 0 0
Jeff Petry 1 0 1 1 2 0 40 31:33 0 0
Tomas Plekanec 1 1 2 1 3 0 32 19:37 17 10
Alexander Radulov 1 2 3 2 6 4 30 23:20 0 0
Mikhail Sergachev 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00:00 0 0
Andrew Shaw 0 0 0 -1 4 0 27 21:33 5 10
Shea Weber 0 1 1 2 4 5 39 32:25 0 0
Goalies
Player GA SA SV SV% MIN
Carey Price 3 38 35 .921 77