In what is a rarity in the NHL, Brian Gionta was awarded a penalty shot in overtime in the Montreal Canadiens’ final game of the season against the New York Rangers. The captain skated slowly down the ice, then pulled a triple deke; backhand, forehand, backhand, to beat Cam Talbot and seal the win for Montreal.
“Gionta’s our captain, our leader, our unsung hero. It couldn’t finish on a better note,” Head Coach Michel Therrien said after the game.
“It’s something I go to a lot on penalty shots or shootouts,” Gionta added.
Less than a week later, in the Habs’ playoff opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Gionta did it again, this time shorthanded. After breaking past defenceman Victor Hedman, Gionta aimed a shot five-hole on goalie Anders Lindback. The save was made but the puck was left sitting in the crease and as Gionta skated by, he slammed the puck home to tie the game 2-2.
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