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Senators edge slumping Blue Jackets 2-1

by John Kreiser /

Jason Spezza has a long memory.

Columbus' Jan Hejda called out Spezza after the Blue Jackets' 1-0 win over Ottawa in the teams' last meeting on Jan. 30. Spezza retaliated on Thursday with only his second goal of the season, and Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal with 6:10 left in regulation to give the Senators a 2-1 win.

Spezza scored late in the first and Brian Elliott stopped 32 shots in his third straight start for the Senators, who've won five of their last six and are 10-3-3 at

Scotiabank Place
, where they've won five in a row..

"It was bizarre for a team that we never play," Spezza said of Hejda's comment.

While he didn't understand what sparked the critique, the Ottawa center clearly hadn't forgotten it.

"We just wanted to play hard," said Spezza, whose second goal in 21 games tied the game at 1-1. "You remember it -- you don't worry too much about it but going into the game I definitely looked back to when we were struggling and they weren't shy to step on us a little bit and rub it in."

Kristian Huselius had a power-play goal 17:41 into the game for the Blue Jackets, who dropped their fourth in a row to close out their longest trip of the season with a 1-3-1 mark.

"It was a good road game until the third period," Columbus captain Rick Nash said. "That's been the story of the road trip, we've been taking too many penalties in the third."

Spezza tied it tied it at 18:34 during a delayed penalty.

"He's been playing well," Foligno said. "It's just chances haven't gone in for him and it was nice to see him get that one."

Columbus goaltender Steve Mason, who was pulled Monday after stopping just 14 of 18 shots in New York, made 34 saves -- but didn't make a good play on the game-winner, allowing Foligno's wraparound to slip through his legs.

Referee Dave Jackson sustained a knee injury when Nash crashed into him in the right corner 7:51 in. Tripped behind the Senators' net by Ottawa defenseman Filip Kuba, Nash slid skates first into Jackson's legs, knocking the referee to the ice in obvious pain.

Jackson favored his right leg as he was helped off the ice. He did not return, leaving Frederick L'Ecuyer to work solo the rest of the game.

Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire was unavailable to face his former team. Leclaire, traded to Ottawa by Columbus for Antoine Vermette at last year's trading deadline, is out for four weeks with a broken jaw after he was struck by a puck while sitting on the bench during Monday's overtime win over Washington.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report
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