Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Cam Atkinson and Scott Hartnell each posted a goal and an assist, while Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won their past two games.
"It certainly wasn't as close as the score indicates," said Letestu. "They battled us the whole game and their goalie was really sharp tonight."
Erik Condra for the Senators, who have dropped their past three. Robin Lehner allowed three goals on 32 shots in the loss.
"We're trying to work for these points," said Condra. "It just feels like we're not getting the bounces we need right now."
The scoring didn't get started in this game until the 4:13 mark of the third period, when Atkinson was able to stuff in his own rebound from the right side to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.
About 4 1/2 minutes later, Columbus took a 2-0 lead as Cody Goloubef flipped the puck out of his zone and Foligno caught up with the puck behind the defense. Holding off a defender, Foligno was able to backhand the puck in for his 21st of the year.
Ottawa made it a one-goal game at 10:22 when Condra finished off a rush play down low for his fifth goal of the season.
The Senators pulled Lehner from the net for an extra attacker, but Hartnell put the puck into the empty net with 1:16 to play to seal the win.
Letestu scored with just 12.1 seconds to play on a wrister from the right wing to account for the final score.
Columbus hosts Los Angeles on Monday ... Ottawa plays in Buffalo on Tuesday ... Ottawa went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Columbus was 0-for-1.