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Blue Jackets ride power play to win against Senators

by Sean Farrell

OTTAWA -- The Columbus Blue Jackets had their power play firing on all cylinders to begin a five-game Canadian road trip, while the Ottawa Senators needed a late two-man advantage to finally break through and spoil Sergei Bobrovsky's shutout bid.

Ryan Johansen and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist, and Bobrovksy came within 2:27 of his first shutout of the season, as Columbus scored three power-play goals in a 4-1 win Sunday against Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre.

Johansen scored his sixth goal at 4:50 of the first period, and assisted on RJ Umberger's goal at 4:13 of the second, as the Blue Jackets converted each of their first two opportunities with the man advantage.

Tyutin, who assisted on Umberger's goal, scored the Blue Jackets' third straight power-play goal on a 5-on-3 at 12:07 of the middle period. Derek Mackenzie scored at 5:27 of the third period for Columbus, which won for just the second time in 10 games.

"I thought the big thing was we just kept it simple," Johansen said. "When there was a shooting lane, we took a shot and we went to the net, converged on the rebounds and finished it. When guys needed to make a big play, we did, and that's what you're going to need some games throughout the season is for your power play to win you some games, and it definitely got us on the board today."

Bobrovsky made 30 saves. The 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner lost his shutout bid at 17:33 of the third when Erik Karlsson scored on a two-man advantage.

"He played so well all game and pretty much in a game like that, that's what you're playing for," said Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski, who assisted on Umberger's goal. "You're up 4-0 and our goalie kept that lead for us, so unfortunately we ended up getting two penalties and they scored on a 5-on-3."

Columbus coach Todd Richards felt it was a big win for his team, which has claimed seven of a possible 10 points in its past five games (2-0-3) since ending a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders on Nov. 9.

"Hopefully we're starting to feel confident going out on the ice," Richards said. "We were committed to doing the things we needed to do, chipping pucks in and forechecking, creating turnovers. It probably wasn't pretty hockey, but we're a good ugly team."

Craig Anderson stopped 18 shots in his third straight start for Ottawa, which lost two of its past three to close out a 3-2-0 homestand.

"It was just one of those things where we get a couple of kills, and everything's all right, but their power play was clicking [Sunday] and they took advantage of the man up," said Anderson, who made 30 saves Friday in a 4-2 come-from-behind win against the Boston Bruins.

The Senators' next game is on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, which will be one week after the Flyers handed Ottawa a 5-0 loss in Anderson's return to the net after he missed three games because of a sore neck.

"It's not certainly what we expected to come out and get behind the eight-ball again and get down by two," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "We can't keep chasing the game and expect to have success."

The Blue Jackets, who play the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, struck quickly to convert each of their first two power-play opportunities.

Columbus opened the scoring 12 seconds after former Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot was called for holding at 4:38 of the first. Johansen took a backhand pass from Ryan Murray in the right faceoff circle and dragged the puck back to evade Senators defenseman Jared Cowen before putting a low wrist shot past Anderson.

"That was pretty efficient by their group and I think that really set us back," MacLean said.

Umberger scored Columbus' second goal just eight seconds after Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki was sent off for roughing.

Johansen won a faceoff in the Senators' end and drew the puck back to Tyutin before circling back to take a return pass. Anderson stopped Johansen's shot, but Umberger batted home the rebound for his fifth goal.

Tyutin increased the lead to 3-0 with his second goal 24 seconds after Borowiecki took a tripping penalty with Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba already in the penalty box.

Columbus left wing Nick Foligno assisted on Tyutin's goal in his first game in Ottawa since he was traded by the Senators to the Blue Jackets for Methot on July 1, 2012.

Borowiecki ended the game with 24 penalty minutes, including an elbowing major and a game misconduct for his open-ice hit on Jarret Boll at 5:44 of the third.

"I really did my best to keep my arms tucked in," said Borowiecki, who also got a fighting major when Wisniewksi came to Boll's defense. "I never want to hurt anyone and it's unfortunate that he went down. I hope he's all right."

Wisniewski, who also got a minor penalty and a misconduct for instigating the fight with Borowiecki, assisted on Johansen's goal for his 13th point in his past 13 games. He has two goals and 11 assists during that span, and assists in 10 of those games.

Columbus rookie Boone Jenner returned after missing nine games because of a leg injury.

Erik Condra was back in the Senators' lineup after he was sidelined for six games due of a muscle strain in his right leg.

Ottawa right wing Chris Neil went to the dressing room briefly at 15:41 of the first after he collided with Johansen along the boards. He was back on the bench before the end of the period.

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