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Andrei Kostitsyn leveled the score at 2-2 with 2:57 remaining in the opening period with another extra-man marker. His shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle was deflected by Caps defenseman John Erskine, and the puck tumbled up and over goalie Jose Theodore’s shoulder.

Tomas Plekanec gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead with Montreal’s third power-play goal of the night 8:57 into the final period. The tally came nine seconds after Semin went to the penalty box for hooking. Plekanec’s slap shot from near the bottom of the right circle just squeezed past Theodore on the short side, deflecting off the inside of the near post.

Pressing for the tying goal, Boudreau moved Fedorov to defense, forcing a line shakeup, and the new third unit produced the equalizer. Steckel won a faceoff that Brooks Laich directed back to Tom Poti, and then Steckel tipped the defenseman’s point shot past Montreal goalie Carey Price for his seventh tally of the season with 2:39 left in regulation.

“I just spun off [the faceoff] and went to the net,” Steckel said. “Tom had a great shot - I thought our ‘D’ did a great job of getting pucks through tonight.”