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Senators drop third straight after 4-1 loss to Blue Jackets

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OTTAWA - Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Mark Letestu scored third-period goals Saturday as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1.

Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for the Jackets (23-25-3), who won for the second time in as many nights.

Erik Condra had the only goal for the Senators (20-22-9), who have now lost three straight. Robin Lehner made 29 saves.

Atkinson scored the game's first goal at 4:13 of the third period when he converted his own rebound. Atkinson grabbed the loose puck at the side of the net on his forehand, pulled it to his backhand and beat Lehner.

Foligno then gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room as he broke down the left side, fought off two Senators and slipped a backhand through the legs of Lehner at 8:51 for a 2-0 lead.

That goal proved huge as Condra scored less than two minutes later to cut the lead in half at 10:32.

Hartnell then scored into an empty net at 18:44 and Letestu beat Lehner at 19:47.

The Blue Jackets came into the game off a 7-1 beat down at home over the St. Louis Blues Friday night, but lost defenceman James Wisniewski and Ryan Murray to injury in the process.

That loss was evident at times throughout the game as the Blue Jackets struggled in their own zone, especially in the second period when the Senators had extended pressure on different occasions.

Despite that pressure, the game was scoreless through the first two periods but both teams did have their opportunities as the Blue Jackets held a 24-22 advantage.

Lehner, who was making his fifth straight start, made some key saves but the best chances came at the other end of the ice where McElhinney made a huge pad save off Clarke MacArthur and then got help from his left goal post on a shot from Mark Stone.

Notes??? Chris Phillips, Milan Michalek and Patrick Wiercioch were scratches for the Senators while Jordan Leopold, James Wisniewski and Ryan Murray were scratches for the Blue Jackets???Senators defenceman Cody Ceci played his 100th NHL game???Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno has already set career highs in goals (21) and points (48) this season.

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