Matt Duchene appreciated how short the walk was to join his new team.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves, and Duchene’s first game with the Columbus Blue Jackets was a 3-0 win over his former team, the Senators, on Friday night in Ottawa.
Duchene, one of the top players available ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline, was dealt by Ottawa to Columbus hours before the game. He was held pointless, but Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
“I enjoyed myself out there,” Duchene said. “It was kind of a good way to end my time as a Sen, and I probably felt more comfortable because I was in this building (rather) than had we gone somewhere else.”
Duchene, 28, was dealt for a 2019 first-round draft pick plus top prospect forwards Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson. Columbus also got minor-league defenseman Julius Bergman. Columbus will send an additional 2020 first-round draft pick to Ottawa if it is able to sign Duchene to a contract extension. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Duchene received an ovation from the crowd when he was introduced in the starting lineup.
The Senators, who were shut out for the second straight game and have lost three straight, have gone 125 minutes and 17 seconds since their last goal.
Columbus hosts the Sharks on Saturday.
Flames 2, Ducks 1: Andrew Mangiapane scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left and host Calgary won its fourth straight to move three points ahead of San Jose atop the Pacific Division. The Flames lead the Western Conference standings as well.
Jets 6, Golden Knights 3: Patrik Laine scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to lead Central Division-leading Winnipeg in Las Vegas. The victory was Paul Maurice’s 685th as an NHL coach. He passed Pat Quinn for sole possession of eighth on the career list.
Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 3: J.T. Compher scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to snap a tie with 5:22 left in the third period, and visiting Colorado won its third straight. Patrick Kane scored his 39th goal to extend his points streak to 20 games and goal-scoring run to five for Chicago. The Avs stayed one point behind Minnesota for the West’s final wild-card spot.
Wild 3, Red Wings 2: Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway scored in the first period for visiting Minnesota. Detroit traded defenseman Nick Jensen earlier in the day to Washington for defenseman Madison Bowey.
Briefly: Oilers All-Star Connor McDavid was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of the Islanders’ Nick Leddy during Edmonton’s 4-3 win Thursday night. … The Sabres placed forward Kyle Okposo (concussion) on injured reserve.
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