NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Columbus 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored two goals and assisted on two others, as the Ottawa Senators rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Corel Centre.
Radek Bonk, Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden also found the back of the net for Ottawa, which set a franchise record with five power-play goals. Bonk added a pair of assists as the Senators improved to 2-0 since a five-game winless streak (0-3-2).
Patrick Lalime allowed two first-period goals, but was strong for the rest of the game as the Senators scored five unanswered for the win. Lalime ended with 15 saves.
Trevor Letowski and David Vyborny scored for the Blue Jackets, who had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) halted. Fred Brathwaite stopped 30-of-35 shots.
Down 2-1 after 20 minutes, Ottawa tied the game on a power play early in the second when Chara, off a feed from Jason Spezza behind the net, one-timed a shot past Brathwaite just 2:12 into the period.
Hossa then gave the Senators their first lead of the game after a break in play later in the second. Ottawa won a faceoff and controlled the puck down low. Hossa moved in below the right circle and wristed his eighth of the season into the net for a 3-2 lead with 7:27 remaining.
Redden's goal on a 5-on-3 gave Ottawa a 4-2 advantage with 2:54 left in the second period, and Hossa scored less than three minutes into the third period for the final margin.
Columbus jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal just 2:50 into the first period, scoring when Letowski deflected Duvie Westcott's shot through Lalime for his first goal of the season.
Vyborny made it 2-0 later in the period when, on a shorthanded rush, his centering pass was deflected right back to him by Ottawa defenseman Redden. Vyborny kept the puck and stuffed it home at 8:03 for his ninth goal.
But the Senators came right back, pulling within 2-1 less than two minutes later on Bonk's power-play tally. The play started beneath the right circle with Hossa controlling the puck and sending a pass to Daniel Alfredsson at the point. His high-rising shot was defected into the back of the net by Bonk at 9:46.
Hossa returned after missing Tuesday's win at Atlanta with a sore foot...Brathwaite is 0-3-0 on the season...The Senators opened a four-game homestand...Ottawa is 3-0-2 in five all-time meetings with Columbus, including a 2-0-1 home mark...Ottawa had 12 power plays...Columbus was 1-for-9 with the man advantage...Columbus' Espen Knutsen left the game in the second with a bruised hip, while Vyborny left with a bruised arm in the same period. Both were the result of hits by Chara.
11/13 22:36:41 ET