Senators hold off Blue Jackets to snap 3-game skid in low-scoring affair

Anton Forsberg stopped 35 shots as the Ottawa Senators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio, to end a three-game losing streak.

Artem Zub and Tim Stutzle scored for the Senators. Forsberg had 13 saves in the first period, 12 in the second and 10 in the third to get his first win since Dec. 14 after going 0-2-1 in four games in between.

“We’re shutting down their best plays every shift,” Forberg said. “I didn’t really think they were able to create a lot. I think it was a really good job, and overall everybody fought hard.”

Sean Kuraly scored for Columbus, and Elvis Merzilikins had 31 saves. The Blue Jackets lost for the third time in four games overall, and third straight at home.

Zub put Ottawa on the board with a wrister from just inside the blueline at 7:59 of the first.

“The first period it looked like they were really skating and we weren’t, but we hung on and got some timely goals and we found a way to check ourselves to a big win,” Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said.

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Ottawa defeats Columbus 2-1 with an excellent game-winning goal from Tim Stutzle. 0:59

Kuraly tied it with 34 seconds left in the opening period, deflecting Jakub Voracek’s shot from the right circle.

Ottawa then pulled ahead when Stutzle outskated Zach Werenski and slipped a backhander over Merzlikins with 3:58 left in the second.

“It was a fairly even game,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “It’s not like we were chasing the game. It was a little bit lifeless. I was hoping to have more energy from our guys. We didn’t have the extra gas. We needed more energy and we didn’t have that.”

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