|CBJ||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|OTT||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
OTTAWA - Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal with 6:10 left to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Thursday night.
Foligno moved out from behind the net to put a backhander past Steve Mason with Columbus defenceman Jan Hejda in the penalty box.
Jason Spezza scored late in the first and Brian Elliott stopped 32 shots in his third straight start for Ottawa, which saw a four-game winning streak end with a 3-1 loss in New Jersey a night earlier. The Senators have run off five straight victories at Scotiabank Place.
Kristian Huselius scored a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who dropped their fourth in a row to close out their longest trip of the season with a 1-3-1 mark.
Mason made 34 saves. He was pulled after two periods Monday night in his last game when he allowed four goals on 18 shots in a 7-4 road loss to the New York Rangers.
Referee Dave Jackson sustained a knee injury when Columbus captain Rick Nash crashed into him in the right corner 7:51 into the first period. Tripped behind the Senators' net by Ottawa defenceman Filip Kuba, Nash slid skates first into Jackson's legs, knocking the referee to the ice in obvious pain.
Jackson favored his right leg as he was helped off the ice. He did not return, leaving Frederick L'Ecuyer to work solo the rest of the game.
Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire was unavailable to face his former team. Leclaire, who was traded to Ottawa by Columbus for Antoine Vermette at last year's trade deadline, is out for four weeks with a fractured cheekbone after he was struck by a puck while sitting on the bench during Monday's 4-3 overtime win over Washington.
With Anton Volchenkov and Mike Fisher also lost to injury, Ottawa got more bad news earlier in the day when it learned Chris Neil will be sidelined for two weeks because of a knee injury suffered Wednesday night.
Huselius gave Columbus a brief 1-0 lead with his 10th goal on a power play 17:41 into the opening period.
Ottawa tied it 51 seconds later when Spezza scored his second of the season at 18:34 with a delayed penalty signaled.
Hejda called out Spezza following Columbus' 1-0 win in the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 30, saying, in part, "he seemed like he didn't really want to play, like their season was maybe done."
NOTES: Vermette faced Ottawa for the first time since he was traded to the Blue Jackets ... Senators RW Alex Kovalev assisted on Spezza's goal in his return to the lineup after missing three games to attend his mother-in-law's funeral in Russia ... The Senators begin a five-game road trip Saturday night in Boston against the Bruins (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).
|PPG - Kristian Huselius (10) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (9), Fedor Tyutin (13)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|Jason Spezza (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jesse Winchester (3), Alex Kovalev (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Nick Foligno (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Jesse Winchester (4), Chris Campoli (6)|
2 - 1 OTT
|Filip Kuba Holding against Rick Nash|
|Daniel Alfredsson Hi-sticking against Antoine Vermette|
|Brian Lee Interference against Derek MacKenzie|
|Jan Hejda Interference against Jarkko Ruutu|
|Filip Kuba Hi-sticking against R.J. Umberger|
|Chris Kelly Holding against Jason Chimera|
|Kristian Huselius Hi-sticking against Nick Foligno|
|Jason Spezza Hooking against Rick Nash|
|Mike Blunden Boarding against Jarkko Ruutu|
|Jan Hejda Hooking against Daniel Alfredsson|
|SA: 36||TOI: 59:46|
|Saves: 34||EV: 26 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .944||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 33||TOI: 59:52|
|Saves: 32||EV: 20 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 10|
|SV%: .970||SH: 3 - 3|