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Game Day (pres. by AAA) #5: Blue Jackets at Senators

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


 FINAL: BLUE JACKETS 2 | SENATORS 3
OCTOBER 18 
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE | KANATA, ON 

GAME DAY GALLERY


POST GAME INTERVIEWS
Nick Foligno --> WATCH HERE
Sergei Bobrovsky -> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE

IN GAME UPDATES

SECOND PERIOD RECAP: The Senators, holding a 2-0 lead in the second period, allowed the Blue Jackets back in the game in the middle frame and the visitors seem to have found something. Two quick goals only 41 seconds apart (Foligno and Savard) have Columbus and Ottawa tied at 2-2 after two periods and it's anyone's hockey game in the third period. Foligno got the Jackets on the board on a weird carom off a Senators defenseman and into the net, but it didn't stop there. On the next shift, Savard stepped into a slap shot from the right point and blew it past Lehner and a heavy screen by Hartnell to tie the game. One bit of bad news for the Jackets is that McElhinney left the game due to injury after the second Ottawa goal and Sergei Bobrovsky has taken over in goal for the Blue Jackets.

Nick Foligno's shot caroms in to bring the Jackets within a goal -->  WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
David Savard's drive ties the game late in the second period --> WATCH HERE

FIRST PERIOD RECAP: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards wanted his team to get into this game right away, especially having traveled last night and playing the second leg of a back-to-back. They did that, and generated some quality chances early in the first period but Senators goalie Robin Lehner came up with a pair of terrific saves to keep the visitors off the board. First it was Wennberg, seeking his first NHL goal, who was denied in the crease by a diving stick save from his fellow Swede. A few minutes later, it was Atkinson on a rebound attempt that was washed out by Lehner. David Legwand has the lone goal for Ottawa and that's where we stand after 20 minutes.

Curtis McElhinney goes post-to-post to rob Alex Chiasson late in the first --> WATCH HERE

SCOUTING REPORT
There’s no rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hopped a plane to Ottawa immediately after their win over the Flames and will face the similarly 3-1-0 Senators tonight. The Senators have won three in a row, including a two-goal comeback in their home opener against the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

It was a busy summer for the Senators, who parted ways with captain Jason Spezza and traded him to the Dallas Stars for Alex Chiasson and two prospects. While the team took a hit in star-power, the Senators are having early success by committee with nine different goal scorers in their first four games. Only Clarke MacArthur has scored more than once (2 goals). 

Newly-appointed captain and 2012 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson remains the Senators’ greatest offensive threat. Karlsson has no hesitations joining the rush and has the skating ability to jump into the offense in any situation and still cover his defensive responsibilities.

He also has a rocket from the point, making him one fo the league’s greatest threats both on the power play and at even strength. He has three points in four games.

Up front, MacArthur is joined by sniper Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris as the Sens’ offensive sparks. Turris revived his career when the Coyotes dealt him to Ottawa in 2012, and had a breakout season last year with 26 goals. He already has four points this season.

Ryan was another player seeking a change of scenery when he was dealt to the Senators by the Anaheim Ducks. He had some growing pains last season but still put up 23 goals 48 points in 70 games. He scored his first of this season against the Avalanche on Thursday.

Ottawa has two capable goaltenders battling for time. Robin Lehner won his only start of this season after playing in 36 games last year, but veteran Craig Anderson has been just as good in three starts. Anderson is 2-1-0 with a .939 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average as he tries to cement his position as the team’s No. 1 goaltender.

The Jackets went 2-1 on their recent three-game home stand, and may have found another trustworthy line. Jack Skille was moved up with Matt Calvert and Mark Letestu, and the line combined to score two goals against the Flames, as welll as all three members earning Star of the Game honors. Ryan Johansen also scored to extend his points streak to four games.

Curtis McElhinney will make his first start of the season.

PROJECTED LINEUP

These were the lines and pairings used by the Jackets against the Flames…

Foligno-Johansen-Atkinson
Hartnell-Anisimov-Wennberg
Calvert-Letestu-Skille
Tropp-Chaput-Boll

Johnson-Savard
Erixon-Wisniewki
Tyutin-Prout

Bobrovsky

*Marko Dano’s status has not been updated.

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