Notable notes and quotable quotes from Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets

More from the Senators’ win in Columbus.

Notable numbers from Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets

OTTAWA
Ice time: Erik Karlsson, 25:34
Hits: Eric Gryba, 6
Blocked shots: Marc Methot, 3
Team giveaways: 2
Team takeaways: 2

COLUMBUS
Ice time: Jack Johnson, 27:21
Hits: Brandon Dubinsky, 8
Blocked shots: Jack Johnson, 5
Takeaways: Brandon Dubinsky, 2
Team giveaways: 9
Team takeaways: 8

Quotable quotes from Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets

For Jason Spezza, the winning goal was an emotional moment in what has largely been a frustrating year:
“It was a big goal and I was excited to get it.
“We let them tie the game and the game was slipping from us a little bit. That goal helped settle us down and it was a big road win.
“There’s no doubt I’ve had better years in the past but there’s a lot of hockey left and I feel I have a lot to give.
“And it was an emotional game. It was a physical game and there was a lot of one-on-one confrontations, and I guess I was a little more emotional after the goal.”

Stephane Da Costa has been a success in the AHL but he’s had a difficult time translating that to the NHL. So getting two goals was boost to his confidence.
“It’s a tough league to score in and it’s been tough this year. I’ve had a really good season down there (in Binghamton) and I think it rewards me a little bit here.
“I’m just focused on my play here and as long as I keep it simple I think I’ll be fine.
“It’s always rewarding (to score goals in the NHL). Now I just have to keep working hard and keep playing my game.”

While it was important to get the two points, it was also important to prevent the Blue Jackets from getting any, said Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson.
“It’s huge keeping them off the scoresheet for getting a point.
“It’s one of those things where it’s going to be a team we’re chasing all year long. To win it in regulation is huge for us.
Doctor “Special teams was a big factor tonight. They got two power-play goals, we got two power-play goals, and we were able to make the difference on a five-on-five goal.”

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean was as happy, and relieved, as his players to get out of Columbus with a win.
“It was a huge game, and we won it, in regulation, so it was a huge win for us.”

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