Canadiens still alive for home ice
Brian Gionta's penalty shot beat Cam Talbot in Overtime for the only goal of the game.
Carey Price made 41 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
The win moved the Canadiens a point ahead of Tampa Bay, which will finish its regular season in Washington on Sunday afternoon.
The Canadiens finished their regular season with 100 points.
How great is that?
In a pre-game ceremony, Brian Gionta was honoured as the Canadiens' unsung hero this season.
Gionta's penalty-shot goal in Overtime moved the CH past Tampa Bay into second place in the Atlantic Division.
By gaining a point, the Canadiens are still alive for home ice in the playoffs.
On to OT.
Still goose eggs
The Canadiens haven't scored since the third period in Chicago Wednesday night.
Nor have they come particularly close through 40 minutes against Cam Talbot.
The Rangers goaltender has made 16 saves.
Carey Price has made 30 ... and that doesn't include the shot that Raphael Diaz rattled off both goalposts.
Canadiens have not scored at the Bell Centre in 104:20.
Another slow start
As was the case against the Islanders Thursday night, the Canadiens were badly outshot: 9-1 through nine minutes.
Final margin was 14-5, and Carey Price had to make several big stops, notably on Derick Brassard, alone in the slot to fire off a laser.
The period included a lively gight. After Derek Dorsett low-bridged David Desharnais, Francis Bouillon dropped 'em and did well against the Rangers tough guy.
Regular season wraps up
The Rangers are at the Bell Centre to bring the curtain down on a regular season that began Oct. 1 – with a 4-3 loss to those other blueshirts, the ones who'll be on the outside looking in ... again ... when the playoffs begin.
The Canadiens need a win and a Tampa Bay loss in Washington on Sunday to finish second in the Atlantic Division, which will mean home-ice advantage in their playoff series with the Lightning. It would also be nice to avoid ending the season with a three-game losing streak.
"We won't know who will have home-ice advantage until Sunday night, but I can already predict what the answers will be," Michel Therrien said after practice Friday – before Tampa Bay beat Columbus to jump a point ahead of the Canadiens. "The team that has it will say they're really happy, and the team that doesn't will say it's not important. That's what will happen Sunday, or Monday when you see me, so I beat you by 72 hours."
Both previous games against the Rangers were shutouts. Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk scored and Peter Budaj made 27 saves at Madison Square Garden Oct. 28. Cam Talbot made 22 stops and Ryan Callahan scored the only goal of the game at the Bell Centre Nov. 16.
• Birthday shout-out to my great and good friend Patrick V. Hickey. I'll not disclose the precise age of The Gazette's veteran hockey writer except to say it corresponds to a year when the Canadiens missed the playoffs.