The Bell Centre came alive …for 54 seconds.
Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal tied the game 1-1 and brought the building to life, 7:18 into the third period.
Jubilation was short-lived.
Evgeny Kuznetsov deked Jeff Petry and Beat Carey Price to restore Washington’s lead at 8:12 of the third.
Brett Connolly added an insurance goal off a Canadiens turnover.
And then, with the issue no longer in doubt, Alexander Ovechkin tied Maurice Richard with his 544th career goal.
Nicklas Backstrom got Washington on the board 11 minutes into the game.
Alone in front of Carey Price, Backstrom cashed the rebound of an Alex Ovechkin blast.
Shots were 39-23 for the winners.
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Full disclosure: Tonight’s Liveblog is coming to you live from …
My basement in the suburbs.
The Ol’ Blogger is dealing with some health issues that preclude long commutes in bone-chilling cold.
Hope to be back gobbling hot dogs and bitching about crappy Bell barn music ASAP.