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Filip Forsberg scores power-play goal at 1:54 of OT as Predators rally, beat Canadiens 3-2

  • St. Louis Blues' Paul Stastny (26) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, lower right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Statstny was penalized for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    St. Louis Blues' Paul Stastny (26) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, lower right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Statstny was penalized for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk celebrates a goal scored by teammate Brendan Gallagher against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk celebrates a goal scored by teammate Brendan Gallagher against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates after right wing Brendan Gallagher, left, scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates after right wing Brendan Gallagher, left, scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL's top teams.

Pekka Rinne made 27 saves in his 39th win. He pulled within a victory of Montreal goalie Carey Price in this showdown between the league's winningest goalies this season.

Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis scored for the Predators, who stayed a point behind first-place St. Louis in the Central Division. Mike Ribeiro had two assists.

Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais scored in the second period for Montreal, which had won three in a row. With the point, the Canadiens became the first NHL team to reach 100 this season as they try to hold off second-place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

P.K. Subban tripped Forsberg after the Predators forward forced a turnover, drawing a penalty 1:09 into overtime. Nashville capitalized quickly with Forsberg's wrister for his 22nd goal this season.

This was the first of four games in six days for the Predators, who set a franchise record with their 26th sellout this season.

Nashville took a 1-0 lead when Ekholm got the puck and skated up the slot only to be tripped. He stayed with the puck and scored, shooting from his knees from in front of Price at 9:10 of the first.

The Canadiens took the lead by scoring twice in the second period.

Gallagher scored on a wrister from in front of Rinne at 2:28. Nashville captain Shea Weber was trying to clear the puck out of the corner when Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau slid the puck cross-ice to Desharnais, who beat Rinne with a snap shot at 12:42 for his 13th this season.

In the third, the Predators got a lucky bounce. Ribeiro sent the puck around the boards, and Ellis' wrister from the blue line bounced off the ice and past Price, tying it 2-all at 7:56.

It was Ellis' career-best seventh goal this season.

Price and Rinne both made some strong saves to force the game to overtime, including Price on a snap shot from Predators forward Mike Santorelli with less than four minutes left in regulation.

But the Predators got their fourth man advantage in overtime, and that was all they needed.

NOTES: Predators forward Colin Wilson got the 100th assist of his career on Ellis' goal. ... Nashville called up Kevin Fiala, the 11th pick in the 2014 draft, from Milwaukee of the AHL under emergency conditions. He became the fourth 18-year-old to play for the Predators, who needed him because they scratched six players.