November 26, 2019 / 3:02 AM / 10 days ago

Korpisalo, Blue Jackets shut out Senators

Oliver Bjorkstrand’s third-period goal and Joonas Korpisalo’s 25 saves gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 1-0 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Nov 25, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Anthony Duclair (10) skates around the defense of Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Eric Robinson (50) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Korpisalo improved to 4-0-0 with a .922 save percentage over his past four starts. The shutout was the second of Korpisalo’s career, and his first since Feb. 25, 2017, against the New York Islanders.

The goalie was solid throughout but came up especially big on a pair of Ottawa scoring chances in the third period. Korpisalo stopped a Connor Brown breakaway at 9:45, then stopped a point-blank shot from Anthony Duclair with 10 seconds remaining.

The Blue Jackets won for the fourth consecutive time on home ice. They have just one regulation loss (4-1-1) in their past six games.

The Senators entered Monday on a three-game winning streak but fell short in their bid to win four in a row for the first time since March 2017, when they captured six straight.

After 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, Bjorkstrand scored just 21 seconds into the third period. Zach Werenski sent a point shot toward net that Bjorkstrand redirected for his sixth goal of the season.

While Bjorkstrand’s streak of multi-point games ended at three, he now has seven points (two goals, five assists) over his past four games.

Werenski and Boone Jenner received assists, with Jenner picking up the 100th helper of his NHL career. Werenski has nine points (three goals, six assists) during a seven-game points streak, the longest of the defenseman’s career.

Werenski tied the longest points streak by a Blue Jackets defender, a mark shared by Bryan Berard (2005-06) and Jaroslav Spacek (2002-03).

Both teams played at a fast pace the first two periods, though the end-to-end action didn’t translate into many solid scoring chances. Columbus had trouble turning its offensive pressure into actual shots, such as a three-on-one opportunity in the second period that fizzled out thanks to a mistimed pass.

The Senators had perhaps the two best opportunities of the first 40 minutes. Thomas Chabot was denied by an impressive save from Korpisalo in the final minute of the first period, and Filip Chlapik rang a shot off the post 13:47 into the second period.

Craig Anderson saved 18 of 19 shots for Ottawa.

The Blue Jackets are 5-0-0 in their past five games against the Senators.

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