Video: Gionta wins it for Habs via OT penalty shot

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The Montreal Canadiens needed a win on Saturday to give themselves a chance for home-ice advantage in their upcoming first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They got that win thanks to a dramatic tally that demands a lengthy explanation: Brian Gionta’s shutout-spoiling, overtime game-winning penalty-shot goal:

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With that, Montreal has a one-point standings lead over Tampa Bay. That makes the situation simple:

  • If the Lightning win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, they get home-ice advantage (and the second spot in the Atlantic).
  • If Tampa Bay loses to the Caps, those designations go to Montreal.

To add a little context to home-ice advantage, consider a few factors:

  • Tampa Bay beat the Habs in Montreal (2-1 SO) on Nov. 12; lost to Montreal in Tampa Bay (2-1 SO) on Dec. 28; beat Habs at Montreal 2-1 in OT on Feb. 1; beat Montreal at home 3-1…

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