Blue coats remain on the second wild card, the top senators


OTTAWA – The Columbus Blue Jackets remained the second wild card in the Eastern Conference's Stanley Cup playoffs despite a 6-2 win over Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday.

Columbus (47-31-4), who has won seven of his eight final games, will play Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice, Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves.

Thomas Chabot and Mikkel Boedker scored for Ottawa (29-47-6), who have lost three of their last four games. Craig Anderson allowed three goals in seven kicks before being pulled in the first period. He was replaced by Anders Nilsson, who did 17 saves.

Dubois scored the short low side in the left circle to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead at 3:39 in the first period.

Bjorkstrand defends Senate defense Mark Borowiecki on the spot before sending a crossed ice pass to Markus Nutivaara, who scored with a marker to make 2×0 at 9:08.

Dubois extended the lead to 3-0 at 10.33, when the senators argued Dylan DeMeloThe cleansing attempt diverted Dubois and Anderson's dick into the net.

Chabot scored in a backhand in the slot after a turnover for Matt Duchene cut it to 3-1 at 8:50 in the second period, but Alexandre Texier scored his first NHL goal in a 2-on-1 to make 4-1 at 15.35.

Boedker took a Chris Tierney below the goal line and scored in a snap shot alone in the slot to cut it to 4-2 at 6:32 of the third period.

Bjorkstrand marked a turnover of defensive Senators Andreas Englund in the slot to make it 5-2 at 9:28, and Riley Nash scored in an empty net to extend the lead to 6-2 with 1:17 remaining.


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