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Blue Jackets score 4 in 3rd period, beat Senators 4-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four goals in the third period to beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night.

Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Mark Letestu had the goals to help the Senators win for the second time in two nights.

Erik Condra had the only goal for the Senators, also in the third period. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots as Ottawa lost its third straight.

After two scoreless periods, Atkinson put Columbus ahead at 4:13 of the third as 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 made it 2-0 as he broke down the left side, fought off two Senators and slipped a backhand through the legs of Lehner at 8:51.

Condra got Ottawa on the scoreboard less than 2 minutes later.

Hartnell had an empty-netter with 1:16 remaining to restore Columbus’ two-goal lead. Letestu beat Lehner with 13 seconds left to seal the win.

The Blue Jackets were coming off a 7-1 win at home against St. Louis Blues on Friday night, but lost defenseman James Wisniewski and Ryan Murray to injuries in that game.

Their absences were evident at times throughout the game as Columbus struggled in its own zone, especially in the second period when the Senators had extended pressure on different occasions.

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 D Cody Ceci played his 100th NHL game. … Foligno has already set career highs in goals (21) and points (49) this season.

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