|OTT||3||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|MTL||1||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
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.
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.
Highlights: Canadiens vs Senators
Boxscore: Canadiens vs Senators
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|Colin Greening (4) ASST: Erik Condra (6), Zack Smith (5)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Daniel Briere (6) ASST: Travis Moen (8), Douglas Murray (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Mark Stone (1) ASST: Matt Kassian (1), Chris Phillips (12)|
2 - 1 OTT
|Erik Condra (4) ASST: Marc Methot (10)|
3 - 1 OTT
|Daniel Briere (7) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (12), Douglas Murray (2)|
3 - 2 OTT
|Brian Gionta (6) ASST: Daniel Briere (6), Tomas Plekanec (13)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Clarke MacArthur (14) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (9), Erik Karlsson (29)|
4 - 3 OTT
|Erik Condra Hi stick - double minor against Brandon Prust|
|Clarke MacArthur Tripping against Andrei Markov|
|Rene Bourque Interference against Milan Michalek|
|Jared Cowen Tripping against Andrei Markov|
|Brendan Gallagher Interference on goalkeeper against Craig Anderson|
|Marc Methot Holding the stick against Lars Eller|
|Brendan Gallagher Unsportsmanlike conduct against Cory Conacher|
|Cory Conacher Unsportsmanlike conduct against Brendan Gallagher|
|P.K. Subban Hooking against Erik Condra|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:58|
|Saves: 26||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .897||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 34||TOI: 60:56|
|Saves: 30||EV: 26 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .882||SH: 0 - 0|