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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the puck got past Robin Lehner to cut the Senators lead to one goal in the third period, Ottawas backup goalie started thinking the worst. "To be honest, I was, like, Here we go again," he said. Turns out, he was worrying over nothing. Instead of falling extending their five-game losing streak, the Senators took off and took care of Columbus. Erik Karlsson netted two goals, and Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil also scored as the Senators topped the Blue Jackets 4-1 on Tuesday night. "Right after that (Columbus goal) we took the game over again," Lehner said after making 32 saves and earning his first win of the season. "We kept on grinding, and they werent in our zone for a while." Lehner more than filled in for Craig Anderson, who was sidelined with a sore neck after a collision with Dallas rookie Valeri Nichushkin on Sunday. He made several big stops that kept the Senators in the lead and helped give them confidence. "It was nice to get this one and, obviously, Robbie played unbelievable and made the stops we needed him to make," Karlsson said. "Hes done a good job covering for Andy so far." Jason Spezza added two assists as the Senators built some steam heading into the start a five-game homestand Thursday night against Montreal. "It was another good step for us," coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought we played a real solid 60 minutes. There were some times when the opposition had some good play, but we handled the momentum swings better. Our penalty-killers were outstanding." R.J. Umberger scored a power-play goal from his knees for Columbus, which lost its fourth in a row. The Blue Jackets failed on three other chances with a man advantage, including one in the final minutes before Karlsson closed the scoring with an empty-net goal. The Senators are 4-3-2 on the road but just 1-3-2 at home. Lehner became the second straight backup to stymie the Blue Jackets. Pittsburghs Jeff Zatkoff beat them 3-0 on Saturday. Down 2-0, the Blue Jackets cut the deficit in half 3:02 into the third period. Umberger ended up on his knees in the slot, stealing the puck off the stick of defenceman Chris Phillips and then whipping a shot past Lehner, who came in with an 0-2-2 record and a 2.73 goals-against average. The goal ended a drought of 103 minutes, 48 seconds for the Blue Jackets. Asked if his team was lacking confidence with the puck or was just frustrated, Columbus coach Todd Richards said both things are factors. "Its in our game right now," he said. "Its not just with the puck. (Lack of) confidence, and frustration. That comes with losing games. "What we have to do is find solutions to win hockey games. It was a 2-1 game in the third. There was an opportunity and we let it slip away." After the Senators killed off a penalty, Neil -- who had two fights in the third period -- pushed the lead to 3-1 with just 6:05 left. "It was kind of a broken play," Neil said. "Spez picked it off in the neutral zone, I came out on a line change, and it ended up being a 3-on-2. I called for the drop and used the defenceman as a screen." The Senators were outshot 13-9 in the first period, yet built a two-goal lead. The first came at 14:51 when Karlsson collected a turnover in the neutral zone, coasted to the right dot, and lifted a wrist shot that beat goalie Curtis McElhinney high on the glove side for his fifth of the season. Karlsson extended his point streak to five games (4 goals, 5 assists). With 3.9 seconds left in the opening period, Kyle Turris shot wide left on a rush. Bobby Ryan pulled the puck off the back wall and backhanded a blind centring pass to MacArthur, who was alone at the doorstep for a one-timer. "Id say its frustration," said McElhinney, who started his second game in a row to give 2012 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky time to work on tweaking his game after a slow start. "Were getting opportunities (to score). Two of the last three games weve put tons of pucks on net, but Robin was terrific tonight." NOTES: Columbus LW Nick Foligno didnt play due to a personal matter. ... The Blue Jackets recalled C Sean Collins from AHL Springfield. ... Turris also extended his point streak to five games (1 goals, 6 assists) with an assist on MacArthurs goal. ... Columbus signed 2012 fourth-round draft pick Josh Anderson to a three-year, entry-level contract. ... Blue Jackets RW Jared Boll played in his 400th NHL game. Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping . "It feels good, Ive never had one before, not even in College," Hagelin said after the Rangers outgunned the Jets 4-2, behind some solid goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist following a pretty wide open first period. China Jerseys . His team rose to the occasion Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the bronze-medal game. "The sting from yesterday is not something we hid from or pretend didnt happen," Dineen said. http://www.jerseyscheapauthentic.com/ . "He started putting me on the ice to strengthen them at the suggestion from a doctor," he said. Weight said it wasnt a pretty sight at the rink in St. Clair Shores, Mich. "I looked like Forrest Gump," he joked. Discount Jerseys . Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy Tuesday night and Daniel Murphy had three hits to lead New York to a 6-1 victory over the Phillies. Cheap Jerseys . The Oilers jumped into the free agent market early by signing defencemen Keith Aulie (six-foot-six, 228 pounds) and Mark Fayne (6-3, 210 pounds) and left-winger Benoit Pouliot (6-3, 197-pounds). Two days earlier MacTavish traded lightweight forward Sam Gagner to Tampa Bay for 6-3, 203-pound right winger Ted Purcell.AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Chicago Bulls didnt get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Their backups made sure they didnt need one. Reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 48 points on 18-of-30 shooting as the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 for their fifth win in six games. The Bulls only led by one point going into the fourth, but Augustin and Gibson had 20 of Chicagos 34 in the fourth. "A lot of guys are stepping up on this team right now," Gibson said. "Everyone is working hard and helping in whatever way we need. The guys are just focused on the team right now." Both coaches went with seven-man rotations for most of the game, but Chicagos duo completely outmatched Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. They finished with 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting, including a 1-for-11 night from Bynum. "Will played his heart out, just like he always does," Pistons coach John Loyer said. "He gives us everything hes got every night, but there are going to be some games where the ball just rolls off the rim. Theyve got two very good players coming off the bench -- Gibson has done that all year for them and Augustin has been like that since he got to Chicago." Joakim Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the last three games and three in the last month, while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 12 rebounds. "Jos our leader, and a triple-double is nothing to him," Butler said. "We are starting to expect that from him. He does so many things well that it makes it easier for the rest of us." Greg Monroe led Detroit with 27 points, but the Pistons struggled all night to get anything going from the outside. They took 34 shots from outside the paint, and only hit nine (26.5 per cent), including 2-of-11 on 3-pointers. In contrast, the Bulls hit 46.7 per cent from outside. "They hit shots, especially in the fourth quarter, and they picked up their intensity on defence," Loyer said. "We didnt match that, and when you do that against a playoff team, you areent going to win many games.dddddddddddd" Detroit led for most of the second quarter, but appeared to get rattled by an officials decision. Smith was driving for a layup that would have made it 43-34, but the shot was blocked by Mike Dunleavy. Smith didnt get back on defence, staying near the basket to argue the call, and Jimmy Butler got an easy alley-oop dunk at the other end. Smith was then called for a technical, and Augustin hit the free throw to make it a four-point game. Chicago scored the next four points to tie the game, and a technical called on Loyer with 3.7 seconds left in the half helped the Bulls take a 52-47 lead at the intermission. The Pistons narrowed the gap to 71-70 in the third quarter, but Augustin and Gibson kept scoring off the bench to help Chicago stay in front. Augustins three-point play early in the fourth keyed an 11-2 run to start the period, putting the Bulls up by 10. "We talk about how we want to finish games, and we were real strong coming out for the fourth," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Our defence was strong, and our ball movement was good. Hitting the open guy makes a big difference." Augustin wasnt finished, either. His 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 15-point lead with six minutes to go, and the Pistons never threatened down the stretch. "They just outplayed us in the fourth quarter," Andre Drummond said. "They are a very disciplined team that prides itself on defence. We hung with them for three quarters, but they ran their offence in the fourth quarter and outexecuted us." NOTES: Loyers technical at the end of the first was called in a highly unusual manner. Loyer was discussing a call with official Olandis Poole, who showed no indication of calling anything, but John Goble rang him up from 30 feet away. ... Gibson and Brandon Jennings picked up technicals arguing calls in the second half. Gibson left the game with 3:39 to play after rolling his right ankle, but returned moments later. ... IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was honoured during the first half as part of a promotion for the Detroit Grand Prix. ' ' '

 

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