Senators 4, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean was getting sick and tired of close-call losses, tough breaks and moral victories. The Senators needed wins, he said, and quick.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, it seems, were the perfect remedy.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson had two goals, and left winger Clarke MacArthut and right winger Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets before 13,122 in Nationwide Arena.
Goaltender Robin Lehner, subbing for injured starter Craig Anderson, made 32 saves for his first win of the season.
The Blue Jackets only goal was scored by left winger R.J. Umberger. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 20 saves in the loss.
Columbus dropped its fourth straight for the second time this season.
Neil had two fights to go with his second goal of the season. He tied up with Columbus right winger Jared Boll and defenseman Dalton Prout in the third period.
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead with 5:09 remaining in the first period.
The Blue Jackets were sloppy coming out of the zone with the puck, and Karlsson jumped on the turnover in the neutral zone with speed. His wrist shot beat McElhinney under the crossbar, his fifth goal of the season.
The lead grew to 2-0 late in the first period after a barrage of scoring chances by the Jackets.
Ottawa came the other direction with speed, MacArthur finished a pass from behind the net by right winger Bobby Ryan with only 3.9 remaining.
The Blue Jackets, who were shutout 3-0 by Pittsburgh on Sunday, had gone over 100 minutes without a goal when the second period ended. But the drought ended early in the third.
Umberger, who is off to a slow start offensively for the third straight season, scored only his second goal of the season at 3:02 of the third. It was a power-play goal, and Umberger was on one knee when he pounced on rebound and swept it past Lehner.
But that only slowed down the Senators.
Neil scored off the rush with 6:05 left in the third to make it 3-1. Karlsson's second of the night, an empty-netter, accounted for the final margin with 17.7 seconds to play.
McElhinney made his second straight start in place of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the NHL's defending Vezina Trophy winner, who struggled in his last two starts and was pulled from Friday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
NOTES: Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin told Russian media outlet R-Sport that kidnapping and assault charges against his friend, Colorado Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov, were "blown out of proportion." He went on to say that "American laws are on the women's side. That's why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men." Tyutin didn't deny making the comments, but he told The Columbus Dispatch: "I don't support any violence against women. I have to my own two daughters. I would never want anything to happen to them." ... Senators G Craig Anderson (sprained neck) headed back to Ottawa after being injured in a collision during Sunday's shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. He is day-to-day, coach Paul MacLean said. ... Columbus LW Nick Foligno missed the game to be with his family. Foligno's daughter was born last month with a congenital heart defect that will require surgery.