OTTAWA – Matt Duchene was grateful for how soon the walk was to join his new team on Friday afternoon.
Sergei Borovski made 22 savings, as Blue Jackets took the senators 3-0 in the nation's capital on Friday night, just hours after Duchene's transfer to Columbus in Ottawa trade.
Duchene was devoid of purpose in his debut at the Blue Jackets, but he managed to play his first game with his new team at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa.
"I was a good way to finish my time as a Sen and probably felt more comfortable because I was in this building (rather) than we had gone somewhere else," said Duchene.
"It was a great win for us and (Craig Anderson) played very well there and kept them on it for a long time."
Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for Blue Jackets (34-23-3), who stopped a two-stroke loss to take third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Duchene received a spawn from the crowd when he was introduced to the starting line. He was then slightly irritated when he touched the puk at the second turn of the game, and again applauded during a short video quote.
Duchene says he feels good to join a realistic shot at the playoffs after playing for a franchise with an emphasis on rebuilding and not on winning.
"That's what I'm looking for, and that's what keeps me going every morning, I was fortunate to be in many good international teams and win some big tournaments, but I never had the opportunity to play the playoffs steadily," said Duchene.
Atkinson gave the Jackets enough breathing space as he scored in a distant exit at 6:45 of the third season to take a 2-0 lead. Bjorkstrand put the game away at 17:14
Craig Anderson made 37 goals in Ottawa's mouth (22-34-5). It was the second closure loss for senators and the third overall.
Senators have spent 125 minutes and 17 seconds without goals. They found seven at a loss of 8-7 in Chicago last Monday, which, incidentally, was the last game to have Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel in their turn. The trio has scored 77 of Senator 186 goals this season.
Senator Coach Guy Boucher knows that it will not be easier to move on.
"This shows just how difficult it is to be produced in the NHL. You have high-end core players and produce but do the other guys to produce. If you are releasing those high-end guys now free gamblers have to become the guys." Boucher .
"You have children who are finally doing this, but for now it's hard. There's a lot of work ahead."
Defenseman Cody Ceci, who has been rumored to be in motion before Monday's deadline, agrees.
"Without these guys in the composition is difficult," said Ceci, referring to the Duchene trade, and Stone and Dzingel are healthy scratches as they expect a possible trade of their own.
"It's a bit weird on the day of the game and then playing against it tonight and it's a difficult time of year."
Blue Jackets had the only goal within 40 minutes of the game, but the main reason for this was Craig Anderson's game, which kept a tight game from being turned into a blowout.
The Blue Jackets had the first four power plays of the game and directed seven shots to Craig Anderson, who stopped all.
Columbus went to the table at 14:43 of the first season when Josh Anderson put a time out of the opponent's circle behind Craig Anderson after a corner pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois.
The second season was bad as Craig Anderson rejected all 17 Columbus shots, including a detachment from Boone Jenner.
Notes: Adam Clendening, Alexander Wennberg and Lukas Sedlak were nominated for the Blue Jackets … Senators returned LW Darren Archibald and D Cody Goloubef to AHL Belleville Senators and reminded RW Drake Batherson and C Logan Brown Friday Jackets winger Artemi Panarin played his 300th career gameâ € | The senators then come to see action when the host Calgary Flames Sunday. The jackets host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.