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Senators 2, Blue Jackets 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:45 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 2, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Ottawa Senators 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).

scoring summary
1st Period
17:41
CBJ
PPG - Kristian Huselius (10) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (9), Fedor Tyutin (13)
1 - 0 CBJ
18:34
OTT
Jason Spezza (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jesse Winchester (3), Alex Kovalev (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
13:50
OTT
PPG - Nick Foligno (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Jesse Winchester (4), Chris Campoli (6)
2 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:51
OTT
Filip Kuba  Holding against  Rick Nash
17:31
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hi-sticking against  Antoine Vermette
2nd Period
03:54
OTT
Brian Lee  Interference against  Derek MacKenzie
09:21
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Interference against  Jarkko Ruutu
12:26
OTT
Filip Kuba  Hi-sticking against  R.J. Umberger
17:20
OTT
Chris Kelly  Holding against  Jason Chimera
19:46
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Hi-sticking against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
03:42
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Rick Nash
09:06
CBJ
Mike Blunden  Boarding against  Jarkko Ruutu
12:28
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
goalie stats
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
8-6-3
SA: 36TOI: 59:46
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .944SH: 3 - 3
Brian Elliott
SA: 33TOI: 59:52
Saves: 32EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .970SH: 3 - 3