Blue Jackets roll over Senators

Senators' Clarke MacArthur (16) and Mark Borowiecki (74) look on as Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson (13)...

Senators' Clarke MacArthur (16) and Mark Borowiecki (74) look on as Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson (13) crashes into goalie Craig Anderson in the second period in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:08 PM ET

OTTAWA - It's one step up and two steps back.

After putting together one of their best efforts of the year in Friday's win over Boston, another flat start cost the Senators as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to a 4-1 win in front of a sparse Sunday afternoon showing of 15,535 fans.

But by the midpoint of a lifeless third period, with the visitors dominating the Senators in just about every area and the Sens showing little in the way of pushback, many of those fans had already vacated their seats to get on with their Sunday.

As puzzling as the effort was to the fans, it was even more difficult for the players to explain.

Despite the return of penalty-killing specialist Erik Condra — who stepped into the lineup for Matt Kassian after a week-long stint on the IR — special teams were not so special for the Senators.


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