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Late goal gives Sens victory over Jackets

Ottawa Senators players celebrate teammate Milan Michalek's goal with seconds remaining in the third period NHL hockey action against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ottawa Saturday October 22 , 2011. Ottawa defeated Columbus 4-3. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

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Milan Michalek scored with 4.7 seconds remaining Saturday as the Ottawa Senators won back-to-back games for the first time this season after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

Filip Kuba, Zack Smith and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators (3-5-0). Craig Anderson faced 21 shots.

Aaron Johnson, Kris Russell and Rick Nash scored for Columbus (0-7-1). Steve Mason stopped 23 shots.

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The Blue Jackets, who scored more than two goals for the first time this season, are off to their worst start in franchise history and sit dead last in league standings with just one point.

The Senators opened the scoring with a power-play goal as Spezza found Kuba all alone, ad the defenceman beat Mason through his legs.

The Blue Jackets tied the game midway through the period as Johnson dived on a rebound left in the crease.

The Senators came out flat to start the second as they got caught on the wrong end of a four-on-two, and Russell beat Anderson just 16 seconds into the period.

After missing on a couple earlier opportunities Smith scored his first of the season with a quick snap shot off a feed from Erik Condra from behind the net.

The Blue Jackets took the lead with a power-play goal by Nash, who beat Anderson from just inside the blue-line.

Daniel Alfredsson had a great chance to tie it up in the dying minutes of the period, but he was stopped by Mason and dragged down by Kris Russell. Spezza tied the game on the ensuing power play.

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Notes: The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, indefinitely), D Matt Carkner (knee, indefinitely) and RW Bobby Butler (groin, indefinitely). Zenon Konopka will play in his 200th NHL game. D Brian Lee was a healthy scratch...Columbus' Rick Nash will play in his 600th NHL game, while Fedor Tyutin will play in his 500th. Columbus was without LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, indefinitely), C Jeff Carter (hairline fracture of foot, indefinitely), D Curtis Sanford (groin, 2-4 weeks), RW Jarrett Boll (broken thumb, 6-8 weeks), Marc Methot (broken right thumb, indefinitely), James Wisniewski (undisclosed, indefinite).

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