MONTREAL - Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot at 2:04 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in the final NHL regular season game for both teams on Saturday night.
Gionta was awarded the shot after he poked the puck away from former Canadiens Raphael Diaz and then was tripped by the defenceman on a breakaway. He deked to the backhand to beat Cam Talbot on the shot.
Carey Price made 39 saves for the shutout as Montreal (46-28-8) ended the season with 100 points and moved past Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division.
However, the Lightning can still claim home ice advantage for their first round playoff meeting versus Montreal with a victory on their final game Sunday against Washington.
The Rangers (45-31-6) have home ice for their first round series.
Regulation time ended at 0-0, with Price the difference.
Talbot shut out the Canadiens the first time he played them in November.
The Rangers owned the scoreless opening period, building a 10-2 shot advantage by the 10-minute mark, but couldn't get one past Price.
The Canadiens only woke up somewhat in the second, but Price needed to be even better to keep the Rangers from scoring. He got help from his posts as Derek Dorsett hit a post after Price played the puck up the middle, and former Diaz hit both posts with a blast off a rush down the right side.
The Canadiens got two injury scares, as David Desharnais went flying from a Dorsett knee in the first period and Brendan Gallagher came up limping from an open ice collision with Dan Carcillo. Both players finished the game.
In the third, Montreal's Francis Bouillon got two minutes for kneeing Mats Zuccarello, but the player known as The Hobbit was not hurt.
NOTES: Lars Eller missed a third game with a flu for Montreal, while Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi and George Parros sat out. . . New York rested veterans Martin St. Louis and Ryan McDonagh. Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Haggerty were also out of the lineup.