Senators edge Canadiens 4-3 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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MONTREAL (AP) — The Ottawa Senators took advantage of a power play in overtime to extend their winning streak.

With Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban off for hooking, Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal 58 seconds into overtime to give his team a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.

The Senators have won four straight.

Subban was penalized two minutes for guiding Ottawa forward Erik Condra into the boards with 19 seconds left in the third period. Subban took issue with the call afterward, suggesting it was "personal."

"It just didn't really make sense to me," he said.

"Other than that, it seems like it's personal to me because it has nothing to do with the game. Based on the standard of penalties, I don't see a penalty there at all."

Montreal coach Michel Therrien also criticized the call.

"You all saw it," he said to reporters. "One thing is for certain, it's not P.K.'s fault. I support him."

Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Mark Stone also scored for Ottawa, which jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period.

Daniel Briere, in his best game with the Canadiens, scored twice and had an assist while Brian Gionta also had a goal.

Briere, who signed with Habs as a free agent this summer, was back in the lineup after sitting out as a healthy scratch for two games.

He began the game centering the fourth line, but was put on the wing with Tomas Plekanec and Gionta in the second period after a strong start.

"You try not to get caught up too much in it. You try not to think about it," Briere said of the line promotion. "It's a good feeling to be part of the team, to feel like you're helping out."

At the beginning of the third period, Briere brought his team within 3-2 with a nifty move at the side of the net. He managed to jam the puck past Craig Anderson at 1:57 off a behind-the-net pass from Plekanec.

The Canadiens continued to press after his goal and put in another a few minutes later. Gionta shoveled 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.



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