The Blue Jackets came into tonight's game looking to end an 8-game losing streak against the Ottawa Senators hours after the NHL's trade deadline. The Blue Jackets secured the much-needed victory, needing overtime to defeat the struggling Senators 4-3.
Nick Foligno started the tonight's scoring early for the Blue Jackets, giving Columbus a 1-0 lead on Columbus' first shot of the game 4:10 into the first period.
After the Blue Jackets lost the lead and fell behind 2-1 in the second period, Joonas Korpisalo entered the game after an apparent injury to Elvis Merzlikins due to a collision with Ottawa's Anthony Duclair. It was Korpisalo's first game since his injury on December 29th.
Soon after, Nick Foligno scored his second goal of the game after an impressive net-front performance during sustained zone time. Foligno's 9th goal of the year brought the score to 2-2 going into the second intermission.
In the middle of the third period, the Blue Jackets would quickly respond to an Ottawa goal with a Stefan Matteau tip-in off a Scott Harrington shot to even the score 3-3. The goal is Matteau's second goal since his call-up last week.
Emil Bemstrom became the Blue Jackets' overtime hero with 25 seconds left in the extra frame, scoring off a Zach Werenski rebound to make the final score 4-3.
Both Elvis Merzlikins and Riley Nash left the game tonight and did not return due to injury.
The Blue Jackets travel to the Xcel Energy Center tomorrow night to take on the Minnesota Wild. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.