Galchenyuk nets OT goal, Canadiens beat Rangers

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Galchenyuk nets OT goal, Canadiens beat Rangers
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates scoring the game winning goal in the overtime period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game winning overtime goal against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City.Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-2 in OT. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Dominic Moore #28 of the New York Rangers and teammate Rick Nash #61 skate off the ice after Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens scores the game winning overtime goal in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City.Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-2 in OT. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal late in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal late in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates a goal by teammate Andrei Markov #79 in the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on after giving up a goal to Daniel Briere #48 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against Anton Stralman #6 of the New York Rangers in the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks to stop a shot on goal against David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens as Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers gives chase in the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers in the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Lars Eller #81 of the Montreal Canadiens is challenged for possession of the puck by Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers in the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens pursues Martin St. Louis #26 of the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens falls to the ice battling for the puck against Martin St. Louis #26 of the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens takes a shot on goal against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in the first period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal with teammates Max Pacioretty #67 and Brendan Gallagher #11 against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, goalie Dustin Tokarski, center, and Josh Gorges react after New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin scored during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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BY IRA PODELL
AP SPORTS WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

Montreal cut New York's series lead to 2-1, and can tie it Sunday night at Madison Square Garden before heading home for Game 5.

Galchenyuk, playing only his second game of these playoffs after returning from an injury Monday, deflected a feed from Tomas Plekanec to win it.

The Rangers tied it with 28.1 seconds left in regulation on Chris Kreider's goal.

Dustin Tokarski was sharp throughout in his second NHL playoff game in place of injured goalie Carey Price, making 35 saves.

Canadiens Win In OT

New York had its five-game winning streak snapped, and its run of six straight victories over the Canadiens also ended. The Rangers fell to 1-1 in overtime in these playoffs. The Canadiens are 3-1.

Montreal was poised to win it in regulation after Danny Briere scored with 3:02 left in the third, but Kreider matched him when his shot hit the sliding right skate of Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin in the crease and caromed past Tokarski, who thrust his head upward in disgust as Madison Square Garden shook.

Tokarski was playing in his second straight game because of a series-ending injury sustained by Price, who was barreled into by Kreider in Game 1.

Briere's goal was also aided by an opposing defenseman, as Ryan McDonagh nudged the puck past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov tied it at 1 for the Canadiens in the second period after Carl Hagelin staked New York to the lead in the first.

Tokarski, in his second career playoff game, was sharp throughout. He protected the lead with 55 seconds left, denying Martin St. Louis' drive from the right side with a lunging save, but couldn't close it out then. He stopped 27 shots in a 3-1 loss on Monday in Game 2.

Lundqvist made 22 saves, but couldn't pull out this win.

The Rangers grabbed the lead in the first period that featured only one goal but hardly lacked for action.

By the time Hagelin put New York in front with a batted shot, there had already been one injury as the result of a questionable open-ice hit by Brandon Prust, and an ejection after Daniel Carcillo sought revenge on Prust - a former Rangers fan favorite - for his earlier leveling of Derek Stepan.

Prust landed a blindsided shot to Stepan's chest with his shoulder just 4:48 in, knocking down Stepan, who remained on the ice for several moments before skating off. Stepan returned later in the period. Prust heard boos the rest of the game.

Carcillo's night ended about three minutes later when he rammed Prust from behind in back of the Canadiens net. Carcillo earned a penalty for charging, and Prust ended up in a fight with Derek Dorsett. At some point, Carcillo had an altercation with linesman Scott Driscoll and was ejected.

The Rangers killed off the penalty, and soon after got on the board.

Hagelin raced up ice on a 2-on-1 with St. Louis and sent a pass to him on the right. St. Louis fired a quick shot that was blocked in the crease by defenseman Josh Gorges, but the puck popped up in the air. Hagelin deftly batted it in for his fifth of the playoffs - tied for the team lead - with 4:42 left in the first.

New York used its speed to build a 14-4 shots edge in the opening period.

Max Pacioretty set up Markov's goal when he sent a pass from the left-wing boards across the Rangers zone into the right circle to Markov, who ripped his first of the postseason past Lundqvist at 3:21.

The Rangers were outscored in a period for the first time in the series but were again firmly in favor in shots - registering 13 on Tokarski in the second and 27 overall through 40 minutes. Montreal had 13 total heading into the third.

NOTES: The Rangers were without forward Derick Brassard for the second straight game because of an upper-body injury in the series opener. ... Montreal used struggling forward Thomas Vanek on its fourth line. ... Neither team made any lineup changes from Game 2. ... New York is 10-2 in series it has led 2-0.

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