Liveblog: Game 82 – Gionta’s penalty-shot goal in OT beats Rangers


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.

Star singing.

Gionta's penalty-shot goal in Overtime moved the CH past Tampa Bay into second place in the Atlantic Division.

Still alive

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.

• Your pre-game feel-good: 1014476_10203819564113340_5739029824178813100_n


  1. Danno says:

    Gio on AC now


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  2. CJ says:

    Funny, the smoke and mirrors I talked about today regarding the Shanny hiring in Toronto has clearly blinded Cherry. It amazes me how inept Cherry and company really are. I guess in this respect the move has accomplished exactly what it was intended to do – blind the weak and uninformed, distracting them from the on ice product.

  3. Danno says:

    The PK concerns being aired out on AC now


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  4. Psycho29 says:

    It’s rip PK night on L’Antichambre

    • kalevine says:

      by and large it was on HIO too

    • bustthebusters says:

      It should be rip Gorges night. Useless as a bag of hammers. Giveaways galore, out of position, lousy gap, couldn’t even get passes to his favorite partner, the end boards. 3.9 million for this guy, what were they thinking. Hopefully he is moved this summer.

  5. latch says:

    Well , well, who would have thought the Habs , coached by that evil MT and with that horrible DD would have reached the 100 pt plateau? Timo stick it up your nattering nabob negativitist a**

  6. CJ says:

    100 points, colour me impressed. It wasn’t always pretty, but that’s a very impressive regular season.

    Tonight perfectly illustrated our team. We bent but did not break. As has often been the case, we received world class goaltending and scored an opportunistic goal which sealed the win. Can we ride this to a series win, or perhaps – do we dare to dream – a conference final? IMO, not without significant improvement, but the playoffs will afford everyone a fresh lease on life. They say you have players who get you to the postseason and players who get you through the postseason. This is where Briere needs to step up.

    We need to tighten up defensively and we need to get healthy. Once again too much of the game is played in our zone. I’m not sure if you can flip a switch, but this is where we need to peak.

    I’m excited. Why not. I like sharing my observations, but I want to win as badly as anyone else. Nothing will be given to us, especially as Tampa has been backed into a corner with injuries and issues, so I expect them to be balls to the wall and ready to go.

    Just my two cents…. Cheers, CJ

    • Habcouver says:

      Great post, CJ.

      When we look back at this season, the 100 points will indicate it making the playoffs was no fluke.

      A lot of tough games, points squandered but still, our boys did us proud.

      We should all expect more from Briere and yes, PK as well.

      A new season awaits us. I hope we can all have some fun with the TB series and prove once again that there is really only one Canadian team to cheer for every year!

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • HabsPooch says:

      Our power play has been a mess though…I cannot understand how we can not dominate with PK and Markov at the point and having two big bodies that can score down low in Max and Vanek. Just setting up a play has been a chore lately. I’m hoping this is the first thing they address. Specialty teams can make or break in the playoffs.

      • CJ says:

        It is confusing. Only saving grace is Boston and Chicago both won with very ineffective PP’s. We will need secondary scoring. Gionta, Briere, Pleks, Galley, Eller all need to step up. You can carry one (either an ineffective PP, or limited secondary scoring), but not both. Not if we want anything more than a first round series win.

        • kalevine says:

          yes they did but their 5 on 5 scoring was great. Habs’ has dried up lately too. Hopefully they will return to the opportunism of a few games ago. THat’s really the name of the game in the playoffs, getting the big goal

    • Adidess says:

      I did not expect 100 points. I did not expect that we, of all teams, would get Vanek and at that price. Successful season, by all standards. Extraordinary season based on expectations!

      Playing in the second round of the playoffs is my expectation now. Hope we meet and even exceed it!

  7. Habilis says:

    RDS guys are talking like it’s Wednesday for sure. I heard Thursday a few times today though.
    Anyone know when they announce it?

  8. Coach K says:

    Well, the good news is that they know they can play without panic in one goal games come the playoffs…

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  9. WhatUp says:

    funny stat sheet to see Gio being only player on both teams at+1 (everyone else at even)

  10. Danno says:

    Went out for a walk and I stepped into some Carcillo…


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  11. frontenac1 says:

    Gio to be on AC tonight.

  12. Danno says:

    Tomorrow it’s Go Caps Go!


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  13. habsfan0 says:

    Laffs finish 12th in Eastern Conference.
    Well done!

  14. Butterface says:

    Congrats to a great career Ryan Smyth.

    Well played Ryan, well played.

    On our side, team looks solid. Carey playing well.

    Looking forward to seeing what this year brings !!

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  15. Cal says:

    And a great roar was raised by the multitudes,
    And ’twas heard from coast to coast to coast.
    They stood alone at the last,
    And cast a great CHadow.

  16. Habcouver says:

    Ryan Smyth skates out with his son.Cool!

  17. lavie says:

    Bring on Maloned Tampa!

  18. Black Horse says:


    If a game is scoreless and is decided in a shootout. Does the losing tender get a shutout?


    Price won Gold, time to bring home Silver.
    New York may have a King but Montreal has a God …

    • The Jackal says:

      If a game goes to a SO and the score is 0-0, both goalies get an SO. Goals against in a SO don’t count against a goalie’s record.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • slapshot777 says:

      Yes if the game ends deadlocked at 0-0 at the end of the five minute OT. Both goalies earn a shutout. The Shootout plays out the same for a goalie as a player. The player doesn’t get credit for a winning goal in the shootout and the goalie doesn’t lose his shutout in a shootout.

  19. SlovakHab says:

    The pitiful Leafs season ends by getting shut out by Ottawa Senators.
    Now let’s hope they draft another Luke Schenn with their relatively high pick that they will obtain for the massive choke to end their season.
    Or even better, hopefully they trade the pick for a David Bolland clone.

  20. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Im off to play some Battlefield 4, cya laters guys. GHG

  21. habssince1909 says:

    A fitting end to a great season – Carey gets a shutout, and the Captain scores the game winner!! Hope the MoJo continues……bring on the Bolts
    GO HABS GO!!

  22. CHicoHab says:

    16-12 is good for me!!!!!!!!lets go habitants!!!!

  23. Harditya says:

    Phenomenal season for Price and les boys with 100 points.
    Now the true test, playoffs!

  24. Prop says:

    And now the REAL season begins! It’s been a heckuva ride these past 82 games.


  25. jmac21 says:

    And as called before puck drop Price Steals another one

  26. Black Horse says:



    Price won Gold, time to bring home Silver.
    New York may have a King but Montreal has a God …

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I won a Plekanec jersey like that. Its awesome. Its now signed on my living room wall!

  28. DipsyDoodler says:

    Craig Anderson: “I’d like to see us keep improving in the off-season”.

    Hmm.. “keep” improving?

    Moving. Forward.

  29. trolly says:

    Desharnais had to stand on a stool to get a picture with that little kid.

  30. JUST ME says:

    A fitting end with a shutout for Carey !

  31. NLhabsfan says:

    Game worn jerseys

  32. gumper says:

    Diaz, not that bad…not that good.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  33. joeybarrie says:

    Brian Gionta with a Captain’s goal.
    100 points this season.
    Ended the season well enough.

    Now how far can we go?

  34. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Go habs go!

  35. gumper says:

    Now we’re playoff ready!

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  36. Habbernac says:

    Laffs lose to boot! Sweet Saturday night!

  37. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice to see guys are enjoying this

  38. UKRAINIANhab says:


  39. trolly says:

    Award ceremony jinx my a$$.

  40. habs-fan-84 says:

    What a fantastic end to a damn good season.
    100 points

    Great Job boys!

  41. The Jackal says:

    Hey guys, let’s trade Gio, he’s useless lol!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  42. duffy says:

    Price won this Game for them !

  43. wutanged says:

    Let pk walk and sign gio 8 years at 9m per!!!

  44. Coach K says:

    Ever before in the long history of this game…has a captain ever ended a regular season on a 1-0 penalty shot goal?

    History will be made!!

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  45. kalevine says:

    I was gonna say that the way the offence was going they had a better chance if it went to shootout

  46. icemachine says:

    Never in doubt!

    El Capitane outwaits Talbot!

  47. slapshot777 says:

    Beautiful goal. Gionta, Our leader

  48. UKRAINIANhab says:


  49. The Jackal says:

    Never in doubt!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  50. Harditya says:


    and wow diaz tripped him hahah

  51. UKRAINIANhab says:


  52. Fansincebirth says:

    Tampa, your move!

  53. Haberoooo13 says:


    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  54. habsfaninboston says:

    Captain my captain.

  55. punkster says:

    This is our Captain!

    Release the Subbang!!!

  56. the habinator says:

    Sign him now

  57. UKRAINIANhab says:


  58. kalevine says:

    Yes! I hope pacs was watching. 🙂

  59. Danno says:


    Talk about your storybook endings!

    Woo hoo!!!


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  60. Habcouver says:

    My captain oh captain…

  61. frontenac1 says:

    Gio!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Diaz!!!

  62. Fansincebirth says:


  63. Prop says:



  64. Captain Pike says:


  65. Phil C says:

    Bruins-Red Wings in 1st round. Eeeeeexcellent.

  66. Mondou6 says:

    lol…Does Gio have to take this?

  67. Black Horse says:


    Price won Gold, time to bring home Silver.
    New York may have a King but Montreal has a God …

  68. PrimeTime says:


  69. Fansincebirth says:

    Oh he’ll yes. Let’s finish this in style

  70. kalevine says:

    Go goo, do it now!

  71. Prop says:

    Cmooooon captain!


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