Boone Jenner, Blue Jackets hand Senators 3rd straight loss
Columbus forward scores 2 goals, Atkinson adds 2 points
No hot streak is likely to get Columbus back in the playoff race. Still, the Blue Jackets are rolling.
Boone Jenner scored twice, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad each had goals and Columbus beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night to win for the fourth time in five games.
"The most important part for us in this stretch is I think we've played through some momentums that have gone against us, and then we've grabbed it back," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It's really encouraging."
Seth Jones had two assists and Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves for Columbus. Atkinson also had an assist while the Blue Jackets got a point for a fifth straight game, a season high.
Jenner's second goal came with 43 seconds remaining into an empty net after Cody Ceci scored with just over four minutes remaining to cut Columbus' lead to one.
Saad beat Craig Anderson with 5:35 left for his 21st goal of the year, corralling a pass from Scott Hartnell on the break after Alexander Wennberg sacrificed his body on the other end to block a shot.
"That's just a great block," Tortorella said. "I think we're just scratching the surface as far as what we have to do in those situations, the more times it happens, we'll show them and it becomes part of their mind as far as how we're supposed to play."
Columbus is 23-21-6 under Tortorella, who took over for Todd Richards on Oct. 22 after the Blue Jackets started 0-7-0.
We need to beat a team that was below us in the standings. ... It's frustrating for sure, knowing we have the ability to win games and we're just not doing it.- Senators goalie Craig Anderson on the team's 3rd loss in a row, 4-2 to Columbus
Columbus' current stretch of victories isn't enough to pull them out of last place in the Metropolitan Division, but it made enough plays in key moments to beat Ottawa. The Senators have lost three straight to hurt what were already slim playoff chances.
"We need a little bit more," said Anderson, who stopped 36 of 39 shots. "We need to beat a team that was below us in the standings. That's what we needed. It's frustrating for sure, knowing we have the ability to win games and we're just not doing it."
Jenner opened the scoring on a tip-in past Anderson with 1:31 left in the first. Jones gathered a pass from Atkinson on the right wing and fired the puck toward the goal. Anderson stopped it initially, only to have Jenner push it into the net after it trickled through his legs.
"When you lose these types of games, you need one more of something," Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. "You need one more power-play goal, you need one more penalty kill, you need one more goal in terms of getting to the net. You need one more of something to get over the hump."
Jones has 10 assists in 16 games with Columbus after only getting 10 assists in 40 games with Nashville prior to a trade on Jan. 6. The 20 assists are a career high for the 21-year-old defenceman – he had 19 in each of his first two seasons.
Borowiecki exits with facial cut
Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki left the game with a facial cut that left a pool of blood on the ice. He didn't return.
Borowiecki's feet and stick got tangled with those of Columbus' Brandon Saad while the two battled for possession near the boards by Ottawa's goal. After Saad took possession, Borowiecki's momentum caused him to lose his balance and careen face first into the board.