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Gionta's OT goal helps Canadiens beat Rangers 1-0

Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta, foreground, celebrates with teammate David Desharnais (51) after scoring the winning goal against the New York Rangers during overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Montreal. Montreal won 1-0. (AP Ph Photo:

Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta, foreground, celebrates with teammate David Desharnais (51) after scoring the winning goal against the New York Rangers during overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Montreal. Montreal won 1-0. (AP Ph

MONTREAL (AP) 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 Saturday night.

Gionta was awarded the shot after he poked the puck away from Raphael Diaz and then was tripped by the defenseman on a breakaway. He deked to the backhand to beat Cam Talbot on the shot.

Carey Price made 41 saves as Montreal finished with 100 points and moved past Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division.

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 have home ice for the first round.

Talbot also shut out the Canadiens the first time he faced them in November.

The Rangers owned the opening period, building a 10-2 shot advantage by the 10-minute mark, but couldn't get one past Price.

The Canadiens woke up 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 one after Price played the puck up the middle, and Diaz hit both posts with a blast off a rush down the right side.

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.

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