On MacArthur’s overtime goal, Senators defeat Canadiens 4-3

Clarke MacArthur got his second straight game-winning goal – and his fourth game winner of the season – with a power-play goal at 58 seconds of overtime that gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
MacArthur also had the game winner in Ottawa’s 4-3 win over the Jets on Thursday.
The Senators had a 3-1 lead going into the third but lost it in the first five minutes to eventually send the game into overtime.
Colin Greening, Erik Condra, and Mark Stone scored in regulation for the Senators, while
Daniel Briere got two and Brian Gionta got one for the Canadiens. For both Briere and Gionta, the goals were their first in 13 games.
Craig Anderson faced 29 shots for the Senatores, while Carey Price faced 34 for the Canadiens.
The Senators got off to what was almost a record-setting start with a goal 13 seconds into the game by Greening.
It missed by one second the record set by Jason Spezza in a March 5, 2009, game against the Edmonton Oilers, when he scored 12 seconds into what would be a 4-2 Ottawa win. Daniel Alfredsson had the record before Spezza at 13 seconds.
That goal unsettled the Canadiens, and probably shouldn’t have even been scored, except that Montreal left winger Brandon Prust was so soft on Greening that he had no trouble deflecting Condra’s pass past Price.
The Senators got themselves into trouble after that, when penalties to Condra (four for high-sticking) and Clarke MacArthur (tripping) left the Canadiens with a five-on-three advantage for 45 seconds.
Fortunately, the Senators got out of that unscathed, but they got stung about five minutes later by Briere’s first of the night.
It was as emotional for the Montreal fans as it was for him, considering the rumours and speculations in this city about his future: Does he stay or does he go?
Briere hadn’t scored a goal since a Nov. 29 game against the Washington Capitals. He was scratched for the last two games and for three of the last six.
He probably would have also sat on Saturday but was given a spot as the starting centre for the fourth line.
However, by the second, he had been moved up to play with Tomas Plekanec and Gionta. When he got his second of the night in the third period, he had his first multi-goal night as a Canadien.
Just as quickly as Briere tied the game, though, the Canadiens gave it away, with the Senators scoring two goals in 14 seconds, the first from Stone, the second from Condra, off Francis Bouillon, to take a 3-1 lead.
After taking a pass from Matt Kassian – which gave him his first NHL assist – Stone beat Josh Gorges and then held off Douglas Murray, beating Price with a backhander to the stick side.
Condra wasn’t even trying for the net on the play that resulted in his goal. He was just trying to centre the puck for Zack Smith. But the puck hit one of Bouillon’s skates and took a sharp turn past Price.
The second was scoreless, and more or less evenly played, though the Senators were clearly content to sit on a 3-1 lead.
That complacency would ultimately cost them when the Canadiens tied the game in the first five minutes of the third.
First, Briere tucked one around the left post and put it over Anderson, then Gionta got a second chance in front and punched his sixth past Ottawa. The goal was Gionta’s first in 13 games.
Just like that, the Senators found themselves in a game once again.

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WHY THEY WON
Because they got excellent goaltending from Craig Anderson and didn’t collapse when Montreal stormed back to tie the game in the third.

CHEERS
Daniel Briere: All the talk in this city is whether he’s on his way out of town after serving time in the press box as a healthy scratch. Well, not yet. He had two goals and an assist, and with Tomas Plekenec and Brian Gionta formed Montreal’s most dangerous line.

JEERS
Jared Cowen and Erik Karlsson: Not a very good night for this defensive pair. They were on the ice for the third-period goals from Briere and Gionta that tied the game at 3-3.

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH
Colin Greening’s goal at 13 seconds of the first period missed being Ottawa’s fastest from the start of a game by one second. Jason Spezza set the mark when he scored 12 seconds into the start of a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on March 5, 2009, in Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson – who else? – held the second before Spezza, also at 13 seconds.

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