Columbus at Ottawa

Nash scores in third period, shootout to lead Jackets past slumping Sens


OTTAWA -- Rick Nash would sure like to see more of the Ottawa Senators.

Nash scored in regulation and in a shootout Thursday night to help the Columbus Blue Jackets rally for a 3-2 victory against the Senators in only the seventh meeting of the teams.

"I'm looking forward to that new schedule that they're talking about playing a home-and-home with everybody," said Nash, who scored his 32nd goal in the second period. "I think that's important for all the fans and for all the teams to see each other once (at home)."

"For Canadian kids, it's always fun coming to cities like these."

Pascal Leclaire stopped Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette in the shootout after Columbus came back from a goal down in the third period.

Nash and Nikolai Zherdev were successful against Ray Emery.

"They're a team that works hard the whole 60 minutes and it goes both ways; they don't score a lot of goals, but they don't give up a lot," Cory Stillman said. "I think you saw that tonight.

"They battled right to the end. You let them hang in and they're going to grab a point and they ended up with two of them."

Sergei Fedorov had the other goal in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who won for the first time in franchise history in Ottawa.

Stillman and Andrej Meszaros scored in regulation for the Senators who are winless in four of their past five games.

Leclaire stopped 27 shots while Emery made 22 saves.

The standings point allowed the Senators to move one ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Blue Jackets shut down Ottawa's top line of Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, with Heatley registering their lone point -- an assist on Meszaros' power-play marker. The trio has only two goals in its past five games, both belonging to Spezza.

"There's not going to be a lot of room," he said. "I thought we played well. I definitely like the way our game's going. In shootout, anything can happen.

"It's really good to see the Vermette line playing well. I think our line played better, though, definitely in the third period."

Ottawa lost right-winger Chris Neil when he limped off with an injury to his right leg after delivering a check in the first period.

The Blue Jackets were playing the fourth game of a five-game road trip after a 5-1 victory at Detroit and losses to St. Louis and Toronto.

Columbus fell behind early, giving up Stillman's goal only 35 seconds in after Leclaire had made the initial save on the Senators' forward.

It was Stillman's first goal for Ottawa since he was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 11.

Nash tied the game a little over four minutes into the third when he took a pass from Fredrik Modin and snapped a shot past Ottawa's goaltender.

Fedorov made it 2-2 at the 5:28 mark of the third when he blasted a slap shot from the left wing that beat Emery high to the short side.

"We had opportunities to do it and their goalie made some saves, we missed the net a couple of times and it comes down to shootout," Stillman said. "Then you're back to 50-50."


  • The seven games are the fewest for Ottawa has played against any other team.
  • Columbus' only victory against Ottawa came last season with a 6-2 victory at home on Dec. 10, 2006.
  • Blue Jackets C Michael Peca was a healthy scratch.
  • The Blue Jackets will wrap up their road trip Saturday at Montreal.
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Nikolai Zherdev celebrates after seeing Sergei Fedorov's game-tying goal get by Ray Emery.  (AP)
Nikolai Zherdev celebrates after seeing Sergei Fedorov's game-tying goal get by Ray Emery. (AP)
Columbus  (28-26-9) «01101 (2)3
Ottawa (35-20-6)11000 (0)2
Three Stars
A. Vermette

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
A. Foote

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
N. Zherdev

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
35.0Cory Stillman (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly
04:07Rick Nash (32), Snap Shot. Assist: Fredrik Modin
11:28Power Play - Andrej Meszaros (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley
05:28Sergei Fedorov (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Gilbert Brule, Nikolai Zherdev
 Rick Nash (4), GOAL
 Nikolai Zherdev (5), GOAL
Penalty Summary
18:05Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
09:36Foote, 2 min, Boarding
14:47Tarnstrom, 2 min, Holding
03:37Boll, 5 min, Fighting
03:37Commodore, 5 min, Fighting
08:28Nash, 2 min, Roughing
08:28Vermette, 2 min, Roughing
16:37Vyborny, 2 min, Boarding
04:16Klesla, 2 min, Hooking
05:00Foote, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
Pascal Leclaire 65:0027220
Ray Emery 65:0022222
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 19612
Referees - Dave Jackson, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Brad Kovachik
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Phi 1
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LA 5
Bos 5 Final
Fla 4
Van 3 Final
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Tor 1
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Mon 4
TB 0 Final