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OTTAWA — Mark Stone scored 2:30 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.
Stone, who had two goals and an assist, beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price with a one-timer off a pass from Matt Duchene that went off the post and in.
“I’ll be honest with you, I was getting pretty tired at the end of the game there,” Stone said. “I had one chance to maybe try and finish it and I took it.”
Paul Byron had a goal and an assist, Max Domi and Phillip Danault scored, and Price made 30 saves for Montreal (4-1-2).
Duchene had a goal and an assist, Mikkel Boedker scored and Craig Anderson made 24 saves for Ottawa (4-2-1), which has won three straight.
Duchene scored his first goal of the season on the power play to tie it 3-3 at 12:01 of the second period.
“It was going to come at some point, but it’s nice to get it out of the way,” Duchene said. “Now it’s time to get more.”
Domi gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 3:40 of the first period on the power play, beating Anderson five-hole with a wrist shot. Danault scored 25 seconds later on a one-timer short side over Anderson’s left shoulder to make it 2-0.
Stone cut it to 2-1 at 7:14 when he one-timed a pass from Chris Tierney into an open net.
“These games are so fun to play in,” Stone said. “No matter what the score was after the first period, guys were still hyped to play, so we came out in the second period and kind of got back to the way that we wanted to play.”
Byron scored off a cross-crease pass from Joel Armia to give Montreal a 3-1 lead at 16:07, but Boedker banked a wrist shot off the back of Price from a sharp angle to make it 3-2 at 9:41 of the second period.
“All of a sudden, in the second period, we got away from our game, our execution, a lot of unforced errors,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “I think we ended up with four shots, maybe one scoring chance. Really, our transition game got slow. We started coming back in our own end with the puck instead of going north.”
They said it
“One of the things we’ve been able to do well this year is we haven’t hurt ourselves. We’ve played smart. Tonight, that wasn’t the case. We got a two-goal lead, for whatever reasons we kind of stopped using our brains at times, made some silly hockey decisions and pucks ended up in the back of the net.” — Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher
“It was an exciting game. I was expecting that. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you better hurry up because it’s exciting.” — Senators coach Guy Boucher
Need to know
Stone tied Kyle Turris for fourth in Senators history with his fifth regular-season overtime goal (Mike Fisher is first with seven). … Tierney has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a season-opening seven-game point streak. He is the fourth player in Senators history to record at least a point in each of his first seven games, along with Alexandre Daigle (1993-94), Dany Heatley (2005-06) and Filip Kuba (2008-09). … Price needs one win to tie Patrick Roy for second on the Canadiens wins list with 289.
Canadiens: Host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SNF, NHL.TV)
Senators: Host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDSI, TSN5, NESN, NHL.TV)