Goals by rookies Kirill Marchenko and Kent Johnson helped the Blue Jackets bounce back against the Senators 4-3 Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Johnson opened the scoring on the power play with a wrist shot through traffic from the right circle at 2:41.
Dylan Gambrell evened the score at 4:00, tapping in a sweet cross-ice pass from Erik Brannstrom after Gambrell got behind Jake Christiansen on the rush.
Just five seconds later at 4:05, Eric Robinson beat Cam Talbot to the far side with a wrist shot from the left circle off the rush.
Ottawa tied the game at 9:26 after Jon Gillies had a blade malfunction, fell to the ice, and made an incredible save on Tyler Kleven before Mark Kastelic scored from the right circle.
The Sens took the lead at 14:46 off a left-circle face-off where Alex DeBrincat took the puck, moved past Johnson, and fired a wrist shot from the right slot past Gillies.
Ottawa led 3-2 after 20 minutes and took an 11-6 advantage in shots on goal into the first intermission.
Brady Tkachuk had a chance to double Ottawa's lead at 12:08 with a nice move to get from the goal line to the goalmouth but his backhand bid was denied by Gillies.
Boone Jenner nearly tied the game at 18:59 with a nifty move around a defender before firing a shot from the slot off the iron.
The score remained 3-2 in favor of Ottawa after two periods with the Sens ahead 19-13 in shots on goal.
Marchenko had a chance to tie the game on the power play at 10:19 when he tipped a centering pass toward the net but was denied by Cam Talbot.
As the power play expired, Jake Christiansen hit the crossbar with a left-circle wrist shot at 11:04.
After a rush to the net by Marchenko that led to the puck finding its way to the left circle, Jenner one-timed a shot past Talbot to tie the game at 14:11.
Johnson's bid for a second goal at 17:51 from the left doorstep was denied by Talbot.
The teams were tied at three after regulation with Ottawa leading 27-21 in shots on goal.
Marchenko scored his franchise single-season record 21st goal at 0:16 with a right-circle wrist shot following an Ottawa turnover.
With the win, the Jackets improve to 24-44-8.
- Shots on Goal: OTT 27-22 CBJ
- Faceoff %: OTT 39.3-42.9 CBJ
- Power play: OTT 0/2-1/2 CBJ
- Takeaways: OTT 2-5 CBJ
- Giveaways: OTT 2-5 CBJ
- Blocked shots: OTT 11-12 CBJ
- Hits: OTT 20-27 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): OTT 2.33-1.68 CBJ
- Chances (CF): OTT 54-40 CBJ
- Shots (SF): OTT 22-19 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): OTT 26-17 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): OTT 8-8 CBJ
Lane Pederson and Jack Roslovic remain out with upper-body injuries and Adam Boqvist still is out of the lineup with an illness.
The Jackets travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club heads south to New Jersey to face the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio