From the start of the first period, the Blue Jackets play did not look bad, and they seemed to have a spark of energy. Jared Boll even got involved in an early scrum, which would hopefully inject more energy into the team.
The Jackets play looked pretty solid overall, and they had 13 shots on goal. However, they did not do enough against the Senators who scored two easy goals in the first period against Curtis McElhinney. Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur both scored in the period, and the boys in blue headed into the first intermission down 2-0.
To call the 2nd period uneventful would be an understatement. The highlight of the period was the Jackets penalty kill. The Jackets gave up three power plays in the period, and killed all three.
Near the end of the period on the penalty kill, Brandon Dubinsky had a shorthanded breakaway chance, however he was not able to get a shot on goal.
At the end of the 2nd, the Jackets were leading in the shots on goal category 26-17, but they were still trailing 2-0.
The third period started off strong. McElhinney made a number of beautiful saves in the early stages of the period, keeping the Jackets in the game. Then, R.J. Umberger was able to find the net and get the puck past Robin Lehner which made the game 2-1. This was Umbergers second goal of the season.
Unfortunately, soon thereafter Chris Neil scored an insurance goal for the Senators making the score 3-1. Adding insult to injury with under a minute left in the game, Erik Karlsson found the empty net, scoring his 2nd goal of the game.
End of the game: 4-1 Ottawa
Although the Blue Jackets did not look as bad as the score makes it seem, they just could not find the net tonight. This is their fourth straight loss, which is a huge letdown.
So far, November is all disappointment for both the team and the fans.
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