National Hockey League
Columbus 1, Ottawa 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 25, 2019
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Jean Hebert, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Bevan Mills
Attendance: 14730

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.

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.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Columbus
N/A Points Oliver Bjorkstrand 1
N/A Goals Oliver Bjorkstrand 1
N/A Assists Boone Jenner 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Craig Anderson .947 Save Percentage Joonas Korpisalo 1.000
Craig Anderson 18 Saves Joonas Korpisalo 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 25 0 0-2 3-3 6 28
Columbus 19 1 0-3 2-2 4 28
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Boston. The Senators have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .538 after a loss.