Karlsson’s 3 points lead Senators over Blue Jackets 3-0
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Erik Karlsson scored twice and had an assist, Craig Anderson made 25 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Thursday night.
Anderson got his seventh win of the season and 30th career shutout. Kyle Turris scored an empty-net goal.
The Senators lost Bobby Ryan late in the third period after a hit by David Savard. Patrick Wiercioch also left early, exiting after a hit by Nick Foligno early in the second.
This was Ottawa's second regulation win at home this season.
Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves. He briefly played for the Senators in 2010-11.
The loss snapped the Blue Jackets' three-game winning streak.
The Senators briefly made it 3-0 early in the third on a goal by Mika Zibanejad, but Columbus used the coach's challenge and the goal was called back after it was ruled Mark Borowiecki pushed Fedor Tyutin into McElhinney, which impeded the goaltender from playing his position.
Ottawa outshot the Blue Jackets 11-6 in the second period and held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Karlsson opened the scoring with 3:36 left in the second. Jean-Gabriel Pageau's shot hit the post and Karlsson buried the rebound. It marked just the second time this season that the Senators scored first on home ice.
The Senators made it 2-0 less than 2 minutes later. Karlsson scored his second of the night after Ryan created the perfect screen. Ryan now has points in seven straight games.
Despite remaining scoreless, the first period wasn't without its highlights. Curtis Lazar had his first NHL fight when he took on Boone Jenner. Ottawa's Mike Hoffman was given a penalty shot after being dragged down, but McElhinney stopped him easily. The Blue Jackets had a number of good chances early on, but were unable to beat Anderson.
NOTES: D Jared Cowen and LW Shane Prince were healthy scratches for the Senators. C Michael Chaput and D Dalton Prout were healthy scratches for the Blue Jackets.
- Bobby Ryan
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Craig Anderson
- Curtis McElhinney
- David Savard
- Erik Karlsson
- Kyle Turris
- Nick Foligno
- Ottawa Senators
- Patrick Wiercioch