Montreal Canadiens Clinch Playoff Berth in Overtime

Francois GendronSenior Writer IApril 6, 2011

MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 5:  Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes a glove save on the puck in front of Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on April 5, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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For the last regular season game of this 2010-2011 season at the Bell Centre, the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks played a very disputed game with an ending that pleased the crowd.

The only goals scored during regulation came during the second period. Michael Cammalleri scored for Montreal and Patrick Kane for the Hawks.

The scoring opportunities came at both ends of the ice, but both goaltenders in this game made fantastic saves to keep the score tied. Carey Price was literally in the zone. He saved the game for Montreal late in the third period during a Hawks' man advantage. As the puck was about to float in the net, Price made a reflex left hand save while falling backwards.

At the end of regulation, the score was still tied at one apiece. P.K. Subban ended the contest during a man advantage with a solid one-timer on a brilliant pass from Andrei Kostitsyn.

Subban once again added another flashy goal celebration to his resume as he raced towards Carey Price and collided with him in mid air.

The extra point gained during the overtime insured the Canadiens a playoff spot. With only two games left to the regular season, a ton of pressure has dropped from the team's shoulders.

Every year, I can't wait for the playoffs to begin. The intensity of every game only gets greater and greater. We saw a good example of it yesterday, as both teams played in typical playoff fashion.

As for Carey Price, this 2010-2011 season will be remembered as one of his best in career. Yesterday, Price played his 71st game, breaking the single-season club record for a goalie. It was also his 37th win, the most by a Montreal goalie since Ken Dryden in 1977-78.

Congratulations to Montreal for clinching their berth and the best of luck for the rest of the way!