Jenner, Blue Jackets defeat Senators
Columbus' Saad scores game-winner with 5:35 left in the thirdby Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent
COLUMBUS - Rookie goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
The 62nd pick in the 2012 NHL Draft is 8-1-2 in his past 11 starts for injured goalies Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney.
"Their goalie was good tonight but a big part of him being good was we weren't around the net," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "We didn't make it difficult."
Boone Jenner scored twice; Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, Brandon Saad scored and defenseman Seth Jones had two assists for Columbus (23-28-6). The Blue Jackets are 6-1-2 in the past nine games.
"We're getting that feeling and that excitement back in the game," Saad said. "Anytime you string some wins together, force games to overtime and bouncing back the way we, it's exciting."
Video: OTT@CBJ: Saad beats Anderson in the 3rd period
Bobby Ryan and Cody Ceci scored third-period goals for Ottawa (28-26-6). Mika Zibanejad had two assists and Craig Anderson made 36 saves. The Senators have lost three straight games and eight of 11 (3-8-0).
"We're giving ourselves a chance to be in the game but that's about it right now," Ryan said.
Korpisalo, 21, kept the game scoreless in the first period when he stared down a 3-on-1 and used his right shoulder to stop a shot by Erik Karlsson.
Columbus took a 1-0 lead when Jenner scored his first goal in six games with 1:31 left in the first. It was the first time in five games that the Blue Jackets scored first.
Video: OTT@CBJ: Ryan rips a power-play goal past Korpisalo
Karlsson sent a shot off Korpisalo's mask with six minutes left in the second and was stunned when a Mike Hoffman slap shot caught him in the throat, which temporarily stopped the game.
The Blue Jackets responded and went ahead 2-0 at 14:47 of the second on an Atkinson one-timer from the high slot after receiving a pass from Brandon Dubinsky. It was Atkinson's 19th goal this season.
In the past 10 games, Atkinson has 11 points (six goals, five assists) and Dubinsky has 10 points (five goals and five assists).
Jones' second assist of the game was his 20th this season, one more than he had in each of his first two seasons with the Nashville Predators. He has 10 assists in 16 games for Columbus since being traded by Nashville, where he had 10 in 40 games.
"I'm trying to play offensive when I can; make plays and put my teammates in position to score goals," Jones said. "I've definitely gained chemistry with the guys in just over 15 games."
Korpisalo preserved the margin into the third period by stopping Zack Smith on a breakaway.
Video: OTT@CBJ: Korpisalo stops Smith's backhander
The Senators finally broke through on Ryan's goal at 2:19 of the third with a two-man advantage to make it 2-1. He scored from the left dot after receiving a pass from Karlsson as Korpisalo struggled to get up after an earlier save on Ryan. It was his 20th this season.
"[Korpisalo] found a way to make some key saves for us in the third period," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It was unfortunate on the two-man advantage. I thought we killed it really well and they got a lucky bounce right back to Karlsson."
Saad scored his 21st this season with 5:35 left and Columbus regained the two-goal lead thanks to a set-up by Scott Hartnell.
"I wanted to execute it and finish it off," Saad said. "It was a good time to do it."
Video: OTT@CBJ: Ceci hammers one by Korpisalo
Ceci scored 68 seconds later to make it 3-2, but Jenner scored an empty-netter with 44 seconds left.
"We're playing a lot better, the way we want to play as of late," Jones said. "We can still get better at parts of the game but we had another 60-minute game. We want to keep going in the right direction."
Ryan said the Senators were too tentative from the onset.
"We definitely start games that way," Ryan said. "When you do that you compound issues. You don't want to make mistakes. You don't want to do this or that, so you have to start chasing games.
"It takes you out the rhythm of making the right plays and doing the right things. Same old story. We did it again tonight."