Hoffman leads Senators past Blue Jackets, 3-2

Michael Chaput gets tangled up with Ottawa's Zack Smith during the Blue Jackets' loss Saturday night.

OTTAWA (AP) — Mike Hoffman made up for missing a penalty shot by scoring the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Jackets on Saturday night.

David Legwand and Erik Karlsson also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots to help Ottawa get its fourth straight win after losing its opener.

Nick Foligno and David Savard scored for the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney allowed two goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who gave up one goal on 18 shots.

With the score tied 2-2, Hoffman — who had been a healthy scratch the past two games — used his speed to get to the net and beat Bobrovsky on the backhand at 9:38 of the third.

The Senators nearly let this one slip away as Columbus scored two goals 41 seconds apart in the second to tie score and quiet the crowd of 18,994 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Ottawa had made it 2-0 at the 7-minute mark on Karlsson’s goal that was reviewed after McElhinney was knocked over by Nick Foligno as he made the save and slid into the back of the net. The goal stood, but it was the end of the night for McElhinney, who was injured on the play.

Foligno, who scored his first NHL goal on this night seven years ago, was credited with the first goal for Columbus, though it went in off Curtis Lazar’s skate. Seconds later, Savard tied the game with a shot from the point that got through traffic, prompting Senators coach Paul MacLean to call a timeout.

Both teams had a solid first period and the Senators led 1-0 on Legwand’s goal as he beat McElhinney through the legs.

The Blue Jackets had two great chances, but were robbed by Lehner. He managed to get his stick down on the goal line on what looked like a sure goal by Alexander Wennberg, and later in the period he stopped Cam Atkinson.

Hoffman was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down by James Wisniewski, but was unable to score as he lost the puck.

NOTES: The Senators are without D Marc Methot (back) indefinitely. D Jared Cowen, RW Erik Condra and LW Colin Greening were healthy scratches. … Columbus was without C Marko Dano (undisclosed), C Brandon Dubinsky (Lower body), LW Sonny Milano (face), RW Nathan Horton (back), C Boone Jenner (hand) and D Ryan Murray (knee). D Cody Goloubef and RW Adam Cracknell were healthy scratches.