Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot in overtime, leading the Habs to a dramatic 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Gionta was awarded the penalty shot after being tripped on a breakaway by Rangers defenceman and former Hab Raphael Diaz after he had turned over the puck.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price shone in net, making 41 saves and earning this sixth shutout of the season.

Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot was also sharp in his second career start against the Habs.

The Canadiens finish the regular season with a 46-28-8 record and 100 points — their highest total since the 2007-08 season when they finished first in the Eastern Conference with 104 points.

The win gives the Canadiens a one-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a chance to land home-ice advantage in the first-round playoff series between the two teams. The Bolts will earn home ice if they win Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals. A point from an overtime loss would leave Tampa tied with the Habs in points, but in that scenario Montreal would gain home ice because they have the edge in regulation and overtime wins.

“Home ice is pretty important and we’ve been looking for it all year,” Gionta said. “Now, we just have to sit back and kind of wait and see what happens.”

Gionta said he doesn’t believe he’s ever had a penalty shot in overtime before.

“It’s fun. That’s what you play the game for. Every kid lives for that chance to win the game,” he said.

Gionta was the overtime hero on a night when he was presented with an award given to the team’s unsung hero.

“It’s rare in my career that I’ve seen that — finish the season on a penalty shot. Your captain, the one who scores, won the Jacques Beauchamp Trophy,” coach Michel Therrien said after the game, calling it a nice turn of events.

“They’re never easy games to play,” Therrien said.

“You can’t forget that our first goal is to make the playoffs. When you get toward the end of the season, you don’t have the same concentration. Often, the players will think of the playoffs. We found a way to win again, which is again a good sign.

“The way that we finished the season, we peaked at the right time,” Therrien said. “I think it’s important for confidence when you’re approaching the playoffs."