OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Travis Hamonic and Tim Stutzle each scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Jakob Chychrun had a goal and an assist, and Jake Sanderson and Mathieu Joseph each had two assists for the Senators. Cam Talbot finished with 19 saves to win for the fifth time in his last seven starts after losing four straight.
Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost five of their last seven (2-3-2). Elvis Merzlikins started and gave up four goals on 23 shots before he was replaced early in the second period by newcomer Michael Hutchinson, who had 15 saves.
Stutzle put the Senators up 2-1 midway through the first period, as he got a pass from Brady Tkachuk, skated in alone on Hutchinson and beat the goalie on the blocker side.
Hamonic got his second of the night and fifth of the season as he backhanded the rebound of Alex DeBrincat’s shot to give Ottawa a two-goal lead at 2:16 of the second period.
Chychrun, acquired from Arizona on Wednesday, got his first with the Senators just 48 seconds later as he beat Hutchinson from the right circle to make it 4-1.
Laine pulled the Blue Jackets back within two with a power-play goal with 9:04 left in the middle period. It was his 19th.
Stutzle scored a short-handed goal for his 31st to restore Ottawa’s three-goal lead with 7:53 left in the third.
Blue Jackets: At Pittsburgh on Tuesday night to wrap up a two-game trip.
Senators: At Chicago on Monday night to open a five-game trip.