Ottawa Senators defeat Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on MacArthur's overtime goal
Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur (16) celebrates with teammates Mika Zibanejad, left, and Mark Stone after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, January 4, 2014. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, January 4, 2014 10:21PM EST
MONTREAL -- 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.