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The teams were tied at 3 after two periods and both scored twice in the third, sending the game to overtime.

Three of the four third-period goals were scored by special teams units, Sutter giving the Penguins a 4-3 lead with a short-handed breakaway goal and Crosby later putting Pittsburgh ahead 5-4 on the power play.

Emelin tied it 24 seconds after Sutter gave the Penguins the initial lead and Briere sent the game to overtime with his second goal of the game.

With the Canadiens trailing, the Penguins‘ Tanner Glass was issued a five-minute major for a hit on Emelin. The call was elbowing, but video replays showed Emelin’s stick came up and hit him in the head.

“That’s why I kind of followed through the way I did, to get his stick away from my face,” Glass said. “It’s a hockey play, it happens. I can understand why he made the call.”

The Canadiens cashed in anyway, Briere tying it with his second of the game when he feathered a back-door rebound behind Fleury, who made 24 saves.

NOTES: Penguins‘ D Kris Letang spoke with reporters Thursday morning, the first time since suffering a stroke and said he will likely play hockey again, but it’s unclear if he will return this season. … Paul Martin, out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking his hand in the Olympics, was scratched along with recently recalled D Simon Despres. … Price, C Ryan White, and D Francis Bouillon were scratched for Montreal. … Penguins F Jussi Jokinen recorded his 400th career point.