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OTTAWA (AP) -Rick Nash would sure like to see more of the Ottawa Senators.
Nash scored in regulation and in a shootout Thursday night to help the Columbus Blue Jackets rally for a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in just the seventh meeting of the teams.
"I'm looking forward to that new schedule that they're talking about playing a home-and-home with everybody," said Nash, who scored his 32nd goal in the second period. "I think that's important for all the fans and for all the teams to see each other once (at home)."
"For Canadian kids, it's always fun coming to cities like these."
Pascal Leclaire stopped Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette in the shootout after Columbus came back from a goal down in the third period.
Nash and Nikolai Zherdev were successful against Ray Emery.
"They're a team that works hard the whole 60 minutes and it goes both ways they don't score a lot of goals, but they don't give up a lot," Cory Stillman said. "I think you saw that tonight.
"They battled right to the end. You let them hang in and they're going to grab a point and they ended up with two of them."
Sergei Fedorov had the other goal in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who won for the first time in franchise history in Ottawa.
Stillman and Andrej Meszaros scored in regulation for the Senators who are winless in four of their past five games.
Leclaire stopped 27 shots while Emery made 22 saves.
The standings point allowed the Senators to move one ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Blue Jackets shut down Ottawa's top line of Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, with Heatley registering their lone point - an assist on Meszaros' power-play marker. The trio has just two goals in its past five games, both belonging to Spezza.
"There's not going to be a lot of room," he said. "I thought we played well. I definitely like the way our game's going. In shootout anything can happen.
|The Blue Jackets' Gilbert Brule, back right, and Nikolai Zherdev, front right, celebrate Sergei Fedorov's game-tieing goal in the third period on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. (AP)|
"It's really good to see the Vermette line playing well. I think our line played better, though, definitely in the third period."
Ottawa lost right-winger Chris Neil when he limped off with an injury to his right leg after delivering a check in the first period.
The Blue Jackets were playing the fourth game of a five-game road trip after a 5-1 victory at Detroit and losses to St. Louis and Toronto.
Columbus fell behind early, giving up Stillman's goal just 35 seconds in after Leclaire had made the initial save on the Senators' forward.
It was Stillman's first goal for Ottawa since he was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 11.
Nash tied the game just over four minutes into the third when he took a pass from Fredrik Modin and snapped a shot past Ottawa's goaltender.
Fedorov made it 2-2 at the 5:28 mark of the third when he blasted a slap shot from the left wing that beat Emery high to the short side.
"We had opportunities to do it and their goalie made some saves, we missed the net a couple of times and it comes down to shootout," Stillman said. "Then you're back to 50-50."