Senators end season with 6-2 loss against Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a glove-save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres Sunday Mar

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a glove-save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres Sunday Mar

The Blue Jackets, who clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Friday, finished 47-31-4 and secured the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Columbus pulled within one point of Carolina for the first wild card heading into the final day of the regular season on Saturday.

Chicago (36-33-12, 84 points) was eliminated from the postseason on Tuesday and will miss the playoffs for a second straight season.

From there, he almost scored on a couple of occasions in overtime after the New York Rangers tied the game 2-2 with six seconds left in the third.

On the wrong end of a 2-1 final in Washington on Thursday night, and with little to no urgency from Claude Julien's team in what was essentially a must-win - hmm, that sounds a bit familiar - the Habs will find themselves on the outside looking in should the Blue Jackets win or even gain two points via overtime/shootout losses over their next two contests.

Michael Amadio and Carl Grundstrom scored and Jack Campbell stopped 28 shots for the Kings, who have the NHL's second-worst record with one game to play - one point fewer than New Jersey.

The Blue Jackets have locked up the final playoff spot in the National Hockey League, but they were close to losing it - too close.

The result moved Columbus to 96 points, two ahead of Montreal, with one game still to play for both teams on Saturday. "We worked hard to get to this point so I think for our group it's just about feeling good about ourselves going into the playoffs".

Columbus Blue Jackets Pierre Luc Dubois and Sergei Bobrovsky celebrate a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres following the third period of
Columbus Blue Jackets Pierre Luc Dubois and Sergei Bobrovsky celebrate a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres following the third period of

Players were disappointed Anderson's season ended the way it did and felt he deserved much better.

The Senators cut the Jackets' lead to 4-2 as Boedker, standing at the top of the crease, took a pass from Chris Tierney and wristed it past Korpisalo.

Chabot got the Senators on the board at 8:50 of the second, taking a pass from Brian Gibbons and putting a backhander into the roof of the net past Korpisalo.

However, the Blue Jackets regained their three-goal lead as Texier scored his first career goal in just his second game.

The game was all but over as the lead stretched into the last minute.

Midway through the first, Bjorkstrand slipped a puck through Mark Borowiecki's legs and dished it off to Nutivaara for his fifth of the season.

NOTES: Ottawa's Ben Harpur missed his third straight game.

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