LONDON -- Roman Shirokov scored a hat trick Tuesday to put Zenit St. . Petersburg on the brink of the Champions League group stage, while former European champions AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven are locked at 1-1 in their playoff. Shirokovs treble came as Zenit easily overcame Pacos Ferreira 4-1 in their first leg. At Eindhoven, Stephan El Shaarawy headed seven-time European champion Milan ahead after 15 minutes but Tim Matavz nodded in equalizer on the hour. Tuesdays other matches saw teams claim two-goal advantages going into next weeks second legs. Kazakhstan champion Shakhter Karagandy stunned Scottish club Celtic 2-0, Real Sociedad won at Lyon by the same score and Viktoria Plzen beat Maribor 3-1 in the Czech Republic. A further 10 clubs are in action on Wednesday as they chase a spot in the lucrative 32-team group stage, which starts in September. Zenit can already start glancing ahead to the draw in Monaco later this month. Shirokov, the Russia midfielder, took 27 minutes to find the net in Portugal, striking into the bottom of the net from Dannys cross. Although Andre Leone volleyed Pacos Ferreira level in the 58th, Shirokov was on target again from close range at the back post two minutes later to restore Zenits lead. After Aleksandr Kerzhakovs free kick went off the crossbar and in off goalkeeper Matias Degra in the 85th, Shirokov completed his hat trick in style in the 90th, blasting the ball into the top right corner. It was a far tighter encounter in the Netherlands as Milan and PSV played out the nights only draw. PSV gifted Milan possession for the opener, with Ignazio Abate seizing the ball from Memphis Depay before whipping in a cross that El Shaarawy met with a free header. But the 1988 European Cup winner levelled on the hour, with Jeffrey Bruma unleashing a dipping, swerving shot that goalkeeper Christian Abbiati spilled, and Matavz was alert to pounce and send a downward header into the net. In Astana, Shakhter Karagandy closed in on a spot in the group stage for the first time with its victory over Celtic, the Scottish champion which beat Barcelona on its run to the Champions League last-16 last season. Andrei Finonchenko put the hosts ahead after seizing on slack defending in the 12th minute, and Sergei Khizhnichenko headed in another in the 77th in Astana. Celtic had come close to equalizing in the 19th when Kris Commons hit the crossbar with a powerful strike that bounced down close to the line. It was unclear from TV replays whether the ball crossed the line, and UEFA has rejected the use of goal-line technology to adjudicate on such unclear situations. Lyon has an uphill task advancing after Antoine Griezmanns acrobatic goal and Haris Seferovics volley put Real Sociedad in control. Lyons troubles deepened in the 75th when Milan Bisevac was sent off after being shown a second yellow card. It was an easier night for Czech side Viktoria Plzen, which took the lead against Maribor after just eight minutes through Marian Cisovsky. Vladimir Darida and Michal Duris extended the hosts lead in the second half, while Ales Mejac pulled a goal back for the 11-time Slovenian champions. . Catch all the action on TSN starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. Toronto won at Denver and Utah, but lost in Portland and Sacramento. The Kings loss was the most recent game for the Raptors. . PAUL, Minn.NEW YORK -- The goals got uglier as the game wore on, fitting for a playoff contest that was no thing of beauty. But when the dust had settled, and the last puck had bounced in off a Montreal body, the Canadiens were back in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. Alex Galchenyuks goal 72 seconds into overtime Thursday gave Montreal a 3-2 win on hostile ground, helping the Canadiens get one foot out of their playoff hole. Montreal trails New York two games to one with Game 4 set for Sunday back at Madison Square Garden. Young goalie Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves to keep Montreal in the game, bouncing back from a 3-1 loss in his playoff debut in Game 2 in place of the injured Carey Price. "Dustin Tokarski was phenomenal tonight. Hes a battler, and most important thing, hes a winner," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien. "Without Tokarskis performance, probably the result would have been different," he added. Tokarski has a glittering resume outside of the NHL, having won the Calder Cup, the Memorial Cup, world junior championship and even minor hockeys Telus Cup. The native of Humboldt, Sask. was as composed after the game as he was during it, pressed up against a wall and standing on a box while surrounded by a phalanx of media. He was unfazed by the attention, despite having just a dozen NHL games under his belt. "Fun, awesome," he said when asked what his life has been like since taking over the Montreal goal. "I got a few Twitter followers so that was kind of cool." His count was 10,000-plus as of Thursday night. The game was no masterpiece. The officials missed some blatant thuggery and New Yorks Daniel Carcillo may have jostled his way to a suspension after an altercation with a linesman. Tokarskis play wasnt always pretty either but it was effective. He gave up rebounds but the Montreal defence cleaned them up. He clearly grew in confidence as the game wore on, keeping his team in it. "Its been the story all year for us. We find ways (to win), we never quit. Even when people are doubting us," said Montreal forward Daniel Briere, whose late third period goal was cancelled out by an even later one by Chris Kreider that forced the OT. "We dig deep and somehow find a way to come back. Its happened many many times this year. And once again ... We kept telling ourselves we owe Tokarski a win for the way he kept us in, we have to somehow find a way to go get it." In overtime, Henrik Lundqvist made the initial save off Tomas Plekanec but the puck bounced in off the upper torso of an onrushing Galchenyuk. It was a frantic finale to a game that saw three goals in the final four minutes 14 seconds of play. Brieres goal with 3:02 remaining had looked to be the Montreal winner. But with Lundqvist on the New York bench, Kreider tipped in a Dan Girardi shot from an extremely tight angle with 29 seconds left to force overtime. The puck needed help to go in, defecting off the right skate of Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin on the way in. Brieres go-ahead goal was equally fortuitous. Lundqvist made a fine stop on a Thomas Vanek shot from in-close. But the puck went to Briere who tucked it back around the post and off the trailing leg of Ryan McDonagh. Tokarski came up big for the Canadiens, keeping the visitors in a game where New York held the upper hand for long periods. Given the ramifications of a third straight Montreal loss, it was a tremendously timely performance. "Its a big win for him. Its a big win for us," said Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban. "This is a huge confidence-booster for our team," he added, Andrei Markov also scored for Montreal, which was outshot 36-33 during regulation time. Carl Hagelin opened the scoring for New York, which had won its five previous playoff games. Emotions ran high from the opening puck drop and former Ranger Brandon Prust applied a match to the fuse just three minutes in when he laid out New York forward Derek Stepan with an elbow/shoulder to the head at the New York blue-line. The officials, watching the play develop ahead, apparently did not see the blow which left Stepan face down on the ice and sent him briefly to the locker-room. . "They missed it," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. The unpenalized Prust hit led to some frontier justice with Prust and Derek Dorsett fighting after Carcillo took a run at the feisty Hab at 5:51. Carcillo had to be held back as the fight went on, prompting a game misconduct for jostling linesman Scott Driscoll. The league looks poorly on such behaviour and Carcillo could face a lengthy suspension. "Well, he cant do that, obviously, what he did there, but well let the league handle that," Vigneault said. "I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, that probably wouldnt have happened, but theres nothing we can do about it." The amped-up crowd starting chanting "These refs suck" and enjoyed what they undoubtedly saw as karma when a Rangers shot nicked one of the referees on the ensuing power play. New York came out fast and led 1-0 after a dominant 20 minutes. But the Canadiens pushed back in the second to tie it up. "For the most part I thought we played a good game. We had some real good looks," said Vigneault. "We had opportunities to take the lead in the game and we didnt. Give credit to (Montreal), their team played hard, their goaltender played well." Montreal had little right to be on even terms going into the third. But thanks to Tokarski the Canadiens were, setting the stage for a tense finale. "We weathered the storm," said Therrien. "I felt our team played with more confidence as the game went on." Dale Weise was almost the hero for the Canadiens with five minute remaining, when an errant clearance went right to him in front of Lundqvist. But the Swedish star goalie stopped his blast from point-blank range. Tokarski stopped 27 of 30 shots in Game 2 -- his 11th NHL game and first playoff outing. And he was busy from the get-go Thursday, keeping the Habs in it with a string of saves. There was less action at the other end although Lundqvists 25-shot night was challenging at times. Coming into Game 3, Lundqvist had saved 162 of 168 shots during the Rangers five-game playoff win streak. And he stopped 60 of the 63 shots he faced in the first two games in Montreal, won 7-2 and 3-1 by the Rangers. Therrien shuffled his lines, moving winger Brian Gionta up to the second line, Weise to the third and dropping the mercurial Vanek to the fourth. Vanek came into the game with no points, one shot, two penalty minutes and a minus-3 in the first two games of the series. The Rangers outshot Montreal 14-4 in the first period, firing pucks from all angles and using their speed to good effect. The Canadiens were lucky not to be down by more when the dust settled, with Tokarski getting the job done one way or another. New Yorks early onslaught came despite winning just seven of 22 faceoffs in the period. The home breakthrough came on the Rangers 12th shot, courtesy of a two-on-one after a Subban shot hit Hagelin and created a two-on-one. Hagelin and Martin St. Louis advanced on defenceman Josh Gorges with Hagelin delaying his pass until the last moment before feeding St. Louis for a one-timer. A sliding Georges, who was virtually on top of Tokarski, somehow stopped the puck but it bounced into the air and Hagelin knocked it in from mid-air at 15:18. Montreal struck back at 3:20 of the second period after a seeing-eye pass across the New York zone from Max Pacioretty found Markov creeping in from the point and the defenceman beat Lundqvist with a low shot. Tokarski made big saves before and after the scoring play to keep the Habs in it. He stopped St. Louis on the doorstep, somehow getting his pad and glove up to stop the Ranger sniper. The shots were 13-9 in favour of New York in the period. NOTES -- Sting, Michael J. Fox, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Keener were among the celebrities in the crowd ... The game came one year to the day that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was fired by the Vancouver Canucks. ' ' '