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Plekanec scores go-ahead goal as Canadiens edge Maple Leafs 4-3

  • Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec celebrates his game-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec celebrates his game-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, center, gets called for an interference penalty after taking out Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, center, gets called for an interference penalty after taking out Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, right, takes out Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, right, takes out Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

Tomas Plekanec scored the go-ahead goal just as a power play expired midway through the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday night.

A little over nine minutes into the third period, James van Riemsdyk was penalized for goaltender interference when he steamrolled into Carey Price. But replays showed that Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov knocked van Riemsdyk into Price. Plekanec scored short side exactly two minutes later.

Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta also scored for the Canadiens, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri had goals for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped four straight.