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MONTREAL (PC) - Clarke MacArthur scored on the power play 58 seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators held on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night.

Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Mark Stone also scored for Ottawa (19-18-7), which jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period at the Bell Centre.

Daniel Briere, in his best game with the Canadiens (24-14-5), scored twice and had an assist while Brian Gionta also scored.

After a scoreless second period with only seven shots for each side, Montreal mounted a comeback in the third.

Briere brought his team to within one with a nifty move at the side of the net. He managed to jam the puck past Craig Anderson at 1:57 of the third off a behind-the-net pass from Tomas Plekanec.

Briere, a 36-year-old former all-star, was back in the lineup after sitting out as a healthy scratch for two games.

The Canadiens continued to press after his goal and put in another a few minutes later. Gionta shovelled in a loose puck at 4:46 off a point shot, after Plekanec and Briere had a crack at it first.

But it wasn't enough after Ottawa's quick start.

Greening quieted the crowd with a goal only 13 seconds into the game on a cross-crease pass from Condra.

The Canadiens had a few tough bounces to start things off.

What looked like a power-play goal by Rene Bourque at 4:05 into the first period was called back after a quick whistle on a scramble in front.

Briere finally tied the score 11:32 into the first period when he managed to knock in his own rebound after a pass from Travis Moen.

The tie didn't last long.

The Senators regained the lead on a backhand shot from Mark Stone at 13:50.

Condra scored again for the Sens 14 seconds later on a pass that went off the skate of Habs defenceman Francis Bouillon.

Heading into the second period with a two-goal lead, the Senators played a more conservative style and were able to limit the chances on Anderson. Both teams had just seven shots apiece in the second period.

NOTES: Senators captain Jason Spezza missed his fourth straight game with a hip flexor injury. Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:13OTT Colin Greening (4) ASST: Erik Condra (6), Zack Smith (5) 1 - 0 OTT
11:32MTL Daniel Briere (6) ASST: Travis Moen (8), Douglas Murray (1) 1 - 1 Tie
13:50OTT Mark Stone (1) ASST: Matt Kassian (1), Chris Phillips (12) 2 - 1 OTT
14:04OTT Erik Condra (4) ASST: Marc Methot (10) 3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
3rd Period
01:57MTL Daniel Briere (7) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (12), Douglas Murray (2) 3 - 2 OTT
04:46MTL Brian Gionta (6) ASST: Daniel Briere (6), Tomas Plekanec (13) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:58OTT PPG - Clarke MacArthur (14) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (9), Erik Karlsson (29) 4 - 3 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:08
Clarke MacArthur
Clarke MacArthur
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 19:01
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 60:56
GA: 4EV: 26-29
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .882SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:21OTT Erik Condra  Hi stick - double minor against  Brandon Prust
05:37OTT Clarke MacArthur  Tripping against  Andrei Markov
07:42MTL Rene Bourque  Interference against  Milan Michalek
14:55OTT Jared Cowen  Tripping against  Andrei Markov
15:48MTL Brendan Gallagher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
2nd Period
12:44OTT Marc Methot  Holding the stick against  Lars Eller
3rd Period
08:37MTL Brendan Gallagher  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Cory Conacher
08:37OTT Cory Conacher  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brendan Gallagher
19:41MTL P.K. Subban  Hooking against  Erik Condra
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/5
Faceoff Wins3333
Blocked Shots1319
Penalty Minutes128
2J. CowenD00-20221:37
3M. MethotD0120222:27
4C. PhillipsD0101016:15
5C. CeciD0004014:26
6B. RyanR00-15016:14
7K. TurrisC00-12017:54
9M. MichalekL00-11017:45
14C. GreeningL1013016:45
15Z. SmithC0111016:03
16C. MacArthurL10-14219:01
22E. CondraR1113415:38
28M. KassianL011004:23
44J. PageauC001109:21
61M. StoneR101207:48
62E. GrybaD0021021:03
65E. KarlssonD01-23025:51
89C. ConacherC00-10214:53
93M. ZibanejadC01-13014:46
41C. Anderson2629.89760:58
6D. MurrayD0211013:53
8B. PrustL00-2107:16
11B. GallagherR0002419:39
14T. PlekanecC0225019:23
17R. BourqueR0002213:41
21B. GiontaR1025016:33
26J. GorgesD0010021:43
27A. GalchenyukC00-20011:26
32T. MoenL010209:30
48D. BriereC2124013:08
49M. BournivalL000005:20
51D. DesharnaisC0000020:58
55F. BouillonD0000016:43
67M. PaciorettyL0002022:16
74A. EmelinD00-10016:59
76P. SubbanD0002227:40
79A. MarkovD00-12024:58
81L. EllerC00-21015:31
31C. Price3034.88260:56