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. rhino514 says:

    The only thing I will say about Subban is that after last season, and possibly up to the Olympic break this season, he was on target for 8 million. You could ARGUE he was the best Dman in the game, or close.
    After this season, the habs can bring up a few issues to justify a 6.5 million offer. In terms of cap space, over a few seasons, that´s a pretty big difference.
    Technically, the fact that he was the eigth CANADIAN Dman on the Olympic team shouldn´t count for NHL evaluation pruposes. But you have to figure it will, at least to some extent.
    And from that point on, PK´s offensive and plus/minus stats have plummeted, and he´s had less ice-time.
    All in all, good for Hab´s cap, but if I were PK, I would be thinking about how all the forces of the unverse conspired from January onwards to bring down my stock.
    I´m not one for conspiracy theories, but there does seem to have been subtle forces at work designed to bring the kid down a notch.
    Of course it´s true he hasn´t been playing great for a while, but I just get the sense he hasn´t been placed in a very easy position to succeed during the last 40 games.
    Let´s hope the Kid doesn´t think this way; I think most of us will breathe a big sigh of relief when his contract is signed. And if it´s another 2 year contract, it will be a huge red flag.

    • B says:

      Does being the 8th Dman on the CANADIAN Olympic team mean his salary should fall below that of Hamhuis and Vlasic? I don’t think it does so I don’t think it has much (any?) impact on his next contract.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  2. Say Ash says:

    So Halakians and Pricebots united tomorrow? Can it really be?

  3. formerly known as the hc says:

    9th place by tie breaker. Nice twist of the knife for the fans.

    -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  4. Say Ash says:

    RDS gonna show Masters or Tampa?

  5. Un Canadien errant says:

    Stupid Leafs, I wanted them to finish 9th, not 12th. This way they’ll have a much better young prospect they will be able to draft, then call up too soon and burn out, à la Carlo Colaiacovo. What a waste.

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

  6. Black Horse says:

    “And now the fun begins.” – Carey Price, April 12, 2014

    Price won Gold, time to bring home Silver.
    I Believe in this Team!

  7. 24AW says:

    must admit I was wrong tonight, said earlier it would finish in regulation. Glad the Habs won, congrats to a 100 point season and I hope they do good in the playoffs. It’s a new season, anything can happen. Good luck Guys, hope you go all the way.

  8. Black Horse says:

    I am stoked for Wed. night!

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

  9. Habcouver says:

    If the Kings can finish 8th, in addition to not knowing they’d made the playoffs until their last game, and then go all the way to win the Cup, then… our boys have that chance to bringing #25 home.

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

  10. sCOTT1243 says:

    Never thought we’d get to 100 points…excellent season, at times doomsday seemed to appear.

    Congrats to the team, many on here predicted not even sniffing a chance and fighting until the end. Great job, looking forward to playoffs.

  11. jctremblay says:

    Who knows which Habs team will show up for the playoffs? It’s going to be fun to watch anyway..100 pts. a playoff spot, the best goalie in the world…our captain playing great, We have a nice mix of vets and youngsters and I’ll say it…a very good coach/mngmt. team who pulled a lot of correct levers this year despite heavy criticism from the peanut gallery ( of which I am a long time member,..ahem…) Let’s start with a clean slate on Wed and see where the chips fall. WE should be proud of this team who aren’t exactly the 77 version of the Habs. Short on talent overall, but they work hard. They’ll need that work ethic (and definately need to score more goals) and then some to advance past TB. Go habs!!

  12. Prop says:

    Perhaps the bar was set too high on PK. There’s bigger problems with a team if everything hinges on one guy.


  13. Adidess says:

    I have been meaning to say this and want to make sure people don’t take it the wrong way. But there might not be a more opportune time to say it than tonight.

    Do we, as a collective, realize we are obsessed with PK? I’m guessing, probably not. So this may be my contribution to raising awareness around that obsession.

    Watching/listening to sports shows or reading stories any day of the week in Hab-land, it’s clear. Following the Liveblog regularly, every single shift that Subban gets generates a flurry of comments (good or bad). Even a completely uneventful shift by PK will generate something, as somebody might suggest he needs to stand out more, or someone else will take the opportunity of him being on the ice to get something out they have been thinking about (not necessarily negative). To which many others will react either to concur, or vehemently disagree, or nuance. And on and on, it goes.

    You would think there are 3 or 4 PKs on this team by the sheer number of comments/reactions he generates. I am sure somebody will reply that PK does more things that stick out, or that he craves the attention, hence why we always talk about him. That is not entirely true. We talk about him a lot on off-days as well, when we’re not looking at him doing anything, so it’s not necessarily what he does. We go crazy happy, crazy annoyed or crazy upset over things that would be mildly consequential, if they involved somebody like Markov. There is a lot of evidence to the idea that PK has become an obsession.

    Again, I am not saying we’re overly critical of him because PK has more cheerleaders than he has detractors. But what an obsession does, it causes everybody to feel like there is too much PK even at moments when PK isn’t doing anything in particular to be in the glare of the spotlight. It can be suffocating. Obsession brings more chatter and controversy around his object, regardless of whether controversy is warranted.

    Recognizing we’re obsessed with PK might help a little bit in how we react to him going forward.

  14. Harditya says:

    Carey Price finishes with a career best year.
    A .927 save percentage with 2.32 goals against average and a 34-20-5 record.
    His previous best season was in 2010/11 (the season after Jaro got traded) when he had a 38-28-6 record with a .923 save % and a 2.35 GAA.

    A Vezina candidate for sure. What a year for him after the Olympics as well. If he can make noise in the playoffs now..

    • Habcouver says:

      Thank you Stephane Waite!

      I predict Pricey will even improve this season’s record in the coming years.

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

  15. PrimeTime says:

    Subban is as good as gone if he plays crappy playoffs.

  16. habs-fan-84 says:

    It’s refreshing to see Gionta in this context.

    • Habcouver says:

      Very true. Gio deserves much more credit for his leadership on and off the ice.

      Honestly, I didn’t think he’d score on the penalty shot. You? 🙂

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

  17. jdstatman says:

    Wow the West Conf. could end up with 7/8 teams getting 100+ points.

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