Stephane Da Costa delivered his request to remain in the NHL Tuesday night. It was in writing. On the scoresheet. Playing in what could very well have been his last game before another demotion back to Binghamton, Da Costa scored Ottawa’s first two goals in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The hero of the night, however, was Jason Spezza, who scored on the power play with 4:58 left in the third to break a tie game and move the Senators even with the Blue Jackets in the standings, two points behind the last wildcard spot owning Philadelphia Flyers. Craig Anderson also played a starring role, stopping 34 Blue Jackets shots. The victory was Anderson’s 73 as a Senator, giving him sole possession of second place on the franchise all time list. “Cool,” he said when informed of his new status. “It was one of those games where the momentum swung quite a bit, and there was a lot of shots both ways. It was one of those games you just had to be ready for the momentum swings.” On the winner, Spezza took a draw to the left of goalie Curtis McElhinny from Brandon Dubinsky. The puck went back to the point before the Senators worked in deep, where Spezza swatted it home from a scramble. There was six seconds left in Nathan Horton’s penalty when Spezza scored. “On that last (power play) we were a little bit frustrated because we didn’t get anything out of it and it was a tie game. (Then) we got a faceoff play, a little bit of puck luck in front of the net, and Johnny on the spot.” “It was a big goal, I was excited. To get it when we let them tie the game back up...it’s a big road win.” The two power play goals for the senators came off four chances. They wound up with 36 shots at McElhinney. James Wisniewski’s blast from the point with Zack Smith in the box at 6:16 of the third completely erased the two goal lead Da Costa had bought the Senators.
Senators defeat Blue Jackets, 3-2
Ottawa Sun | Jan 29