Watch: Plekanec pots historic equalizer in dying seconds of regulation
Eric Bolte / USA Today Sports

Tomas Plekanec may have temporarily saved the Montreal Canadiens' season.

The veteran forward came through in the waning moments of regulation Friday night, redirecting a pass from Alex Radulov to tie Game 2 against the New York Rangers with just over 17 seconds left in the third period.

It was the latest game-tying goal in Canadiens playoff history, eclipsing Jacques Lemaire's marker that came with 24 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the 1975 semifinal against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Rangers entered Friday's game with a 1-0 series lead after winning the series opener at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.

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