COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Clarke MacArthur had two goals and an assist, and the Ottawa Senators beat Columbus 5-2 on Tuesday night in the Blue Jackets’ first game since star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was sidelined by a broken finger.
Erik Karlsson added a goal and assist for Ottawa, which scored three times in the third period while stopping a two-game slide. Zach Smith and Alex Chiasson also scored, Kyle Turris had two assists and Robin Lehner had 36 saves.
David Savard and Cam Atkinson scored for injury-riddled Columbus, which has lost three in a row. Center Artem Anisimov went down after taking a shoulder in the second period that sent his helmet into the air and left him face down on the ice.
Curtis McElhinney had 29 saves while subbing for Bobrovsky, who was injured in practice on Monday and is expected to miss at least a week. It was McElhinney’s first appearance since injuring his neck in a goal-mouth collision on Oct. 18 in a 3-2 loss at Ottawa.
The Blue Jackets also had a scare in Sunday’s 5-2 loss at Los Angeles when Nick Foligno was carted off on a stretcher in a neck brace. Forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton have yet to play this season because of serious injuries.
The game was tied at 2 before Ottawa converted a 3-on-1 at 3:41 of the third period, with Karlsson beating McElhinney with a wrist shot for his third of the season.
The Senators then got a power-play opportunity when Corey Tropp was issued a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking Mark Borowiecki into the corner dasher board from behind. Ottawa used a nice passing combination down low to make it 4-2 on Chiasson’s third of the season at 10:06.
A minute later, MacArthur added his fourth goal, slipping home a bouncing puck that had eluded defenseman Ryan Murray. Borowiecki did not return.
Each team converted a power play in the first period. On a man-advantage rush, Savard fired a slap shot from the right circle for his second at 5:18. MacArthur tied it a minute later with his third on a nice waist-high redirection from the middle slot.
Ottawa made it 2-1 early in the second period on another redirection. After a sloppy Columbus breakout, Cody Ceci found Smith down low for his second.
At the 8:04 mark, Anisimov, with his head down skating near the puck, was leveled along the boards by Eric Gryba in what the on-ice officials called a hit to the head. Gryba was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct.
Columbus responded with just over a minute left in the period. After a faceoff win and quick touch pass, Atkinson scored from the right circle.
NOTES: Rookie G Anton Forsberg was added to the Columbus roster on emergency recall from the team’s AHL affiliate. … Blue Jackets C Ryan Johansen’s eight-game points streak came to an end. … Lehner made 38 stops in Ottawa’s win over visiting Columbus on Oct. 18.
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