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QuickCap #39: Blue Jackets Blast Senators 6-3

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Blue Jackets get past Senators in New Year’s Eve showdown.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody!

As you know, the Ottawa Senators came in to Nationwide Arena to face the Columbus Blue Jackets for a little New Year’s Eve bash.

Here’s how it went down.

Not much really happened in the first period, save for a bit of a light-hearted moment, once everything was okay.

Anthony Duclair and Zach Werenski would be fine.

Everyone had a nice chuckle.

There were no first period goals as Columbus saw more of the high-danger action and scoring chances in the first period.

In the second period, the former Buckeye, Ryan Dzingel opened the scoring.

But then Werenski scored his eighth of the campaign to tie the score 1-1 and push his points streak to five games.

There was also a little bit of the rough stuff that period.

1-1 after two periods.

In the final third period of play, Pierre-Luc Dubois put Columbus ahead 2-1 with a nice rebound tip-in off an initial shot by Seth Jones off the post.

Dubois got his second goal, 16th of the season, to extend the Jackets’ lead to 3-1.

Buuut then Bobby Ryan scored instantly, cutting the Sens’ deficit to 3-2. A Blue Jackets fourth goal, which would have been scored by Anthony Duclair, was waived off instantly due to potential goaltender interference as the defender pushed Duclair into Hogberg. The net also came off the moorings, nullifying the potential of challenging for goaltender interference since the net came off before the puck crossed the line.

This proved costly as Dzingel scored his second of the night, tying the game at 3-3.

With 2:01 left in the third, Atkinson found his second assist, dishing up a timely pass to Werenski in front for Zach’s second goal of the game. Dubois picked up his fourth point of the night, a career-high. Atkinson iced the game with the empty-net goal, his team-leading 24th goal of the season. And if that wasn’t enough, Anderson fired the up-ice shot for the second empty-net goal as the Jackets win 6-3.

Full recap in the morning folks!

Happy New Year!