Couldn't stay out of the box.
Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves but the Blue Jackets' indiscipline cost them as they allowed two power-play goals and fell 4-0 to the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario, Tuesday night.
Eric Robinson had the first big chance for the Blue Jackets at 6:38 when Kirill Marchenko sprung him free on a breakaway but Anton Forsberg made the save.
Alex DeBrincat nearly opened the scoring for Ottawa at 16:20 from the left doorstep but he missed an open net trying to deflect a pass from a teammate.
Patrik Laine nearly scored at 19:06 after a beautiful set-up from Johnny Gaudreau which led Laine to the left doorstep where he was denied by Forsberg.
The teams entered the first intermission in a scoreless tie with the Senators leading 10-9 in shots on goal.
Derick Brassard opened the scoring on the power play at 2:59 when he deflected a long left-point wrist shot from Jake Sanderson.
Ottawa doubled its lead at 7:00 after Claude Giroux snapped a right-circle face-off back to Tim Stutzle who rifled a wrist shot past Joonas Korpisalo.
The Sens struck on the power play again at 11:31 when Drake Batherson fired a shot off the iron and in from the left circle.
Ottawa took a 3-0 lead into the third period along with a 25-13 edge in shots on goal.
Stutzle nearly scored his second goal of the night at 3:46 on a wrist shot that hit the post, and then Thomas Chabot's rebound attempt was denied by a great effort by Korpisalo.
That scoring chance led to a two-on-one with Jack Roslovic on the right wing and Cole Sillinger on the left wing where Roslvoic's wrist shot was stopped by Forsberg.
Batherson almost scored his second goal of the night at 6:06 when he was all alone from the goalmouth but lifted the puck too far over the net.
Columbus almost got on the board at 7:11 when Emil Bemstrom's tip-in trickled just wide of the net.
The Senators added an empty net goal at 16:41 after Austin Watson fired a shot from his own zone after Travis Hamonic blocked a one-timer from Laine.
The 4-0 score would hold as the Jackets fall to 11-23-2 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 22-34 OTT
- Faceoff %: CBJ 47.5-52.5 OTT
- Power play: CBJ 0/3-2/6 OTT
- Takeaways: CBJ 6-15 OTT
- Giveaways: CBJ 12-12 OTT
- Blocked shots: CBJ 15-17 OTT
- Hits: CBJ 32-21 OTT
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.7-1.94 OTT
- Chances (CF): CBJ 40-43 OTT
- Shots (SF): CBJ 19-20 OTT
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 23-22 OTT
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 10-4 OTT
Patrik Laine returned to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 23.
Daniil Tarasov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered in Friday's practice.
Eric Robinson left the game in the third period and did not return.
The Blue Jackets return home to take on the Washington Capitals on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and 97.1 FM The Fan.
Their brief home stand continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.