MONTREAL – P.K. Subban scored a power-play goal at 1:19 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
Carey Price made 42 saves for Montreal, which went on a 4-on-3 advantage 37 seconds into the extra period when Chicago captain Jonathan Toews was called for hooking Subban in the Canadiens' zone.
Subban drove a slap shot past Corey Crawford after Montreal coach Jacques Martin used his timeout going into the overtime. The rookie Canadiens defenseman turned and skated towards Price, who checked Subban to the ice as the Canadiens gathered around their teammates to celebrate their return to the postseason.
Michael Cammalleri scored in the second for Montreal, which is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 93 points.
Patrick Kane scored his 27th goal for Chicago, which is moved into a tie with Anaheim for seventh in the West with 93 points. The Blackhawks, who have three games remaining, are two points ahead of ninth-place Calgary, which has two games left.
Price played his 71st game, breaking the single-season record for a Canadiens goalie he shared with Gerry McNeil and Jacques Plante. It was his 37th win, the most by a Montreal goalie since Ken Dryden in 1977-78.
Montreal native Crawford made 33 saves in his 24th straight start for Chicago. Crawford gloved power-play shots by Cammalleri and Subban midway through the third after Tomas Kopecky was called for interfering with Price.
The Canadiens' goalie denied Ryan Johnson's short-handed chance moments later.
Price topped that stop on a Chicago power play at 13:35 when he stuck out his glove at the goal line to stop Toews' shot off a rebound. A brief video review confirmed that the puck did not cross the line.
Chicago's Troy Brouwer suffered an apparent right shoulder injury 6:53 into the third. The Blackhawks' right wing landed awkwardly against the boards in the left corner of the Canadiens zone after Lars Eller avoided Brower's attempt for an open-ice hit.
Brouwer skated off the ice to the dressing room on his own with his right shoulder hanging down. He did not return.
Chicago has already lost forwards Patrick Sharp (knee) and Dave Bolland (concussion) to injury.
Cammalleri opened the scoring with his 18th goal 6:55 into the second. Andrei Kostitsyn fed a pass from behind the net to Cammalleri, whose shot from the slot struck Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook on its way past Crawford.
Kane scored his 27th midway through the period to draw Chicago even at 1-all with a wrist shot from the slot into the top left corner.
Brian Campbell came close to giving the Blackhawks the lead 15 minutes into the second when he drove a slap shot off the right post moments after the Canadiens killed off Subban's delay-of-game penalty.
NOTES: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville used his timeout as Chicago prepared to go on a power play 13:20 into the third. ... Sharp missed his seventh straight game because of a knee injury and will not play Wednesday night against St. Louis. ... The Canadiens' single-season record for wins by a goalie is 42, shared by Plante (1955-56 and 1961-62) and Dryden (1975-76). ... C Jeff Halpern and Ds Alexandre Picard and Yannick Weber did not dress for Montreal.