Ottawa 3, Toronto 2; Binghamton 2, Hershey 3

Tonight Ottawa beat a listless Toronto team 3-2, dominating the first two periods before falling asleep in the third. Robin Lehner had a light night in goal, but did made a key save late in the game.  Against expectations Nikita Filatov played (his third game in three nights), but neither he nor Bobby Butler saw much ice time (5:16 and 8:52 respectively).  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Toronto, MacArthur (pp)
Foligno awkwardly goes down to block a shot and MacArthur fires it home in the slot
2. Greening (Rundblad, Kuba) (pp)
A fantastic pass from Rundblad in his own zone springs Greening on the breakaway who makes no mistake
3. Neil (Karlsson, Gonchar) (pp)
Fired from the point for a tip
4. Daugavins (Smith)
A nothing shot from the top of the circle finds its way in
5. Toronto, MacArthur
Phillips is way out of position leaving MacArthur with a wide open chance

The game’s best players;
Colin Greening – a great goal and continued strong play in all zones
Sergei Gonchar – continued to provide offence and played well in his own zone
Chris Neil – a terrific tip on the second goal and a great presence on the wall and in front of the net

Players who struggled:
Nick Foligno – too many mental errors tonight
Stephane Da Costa – pulled a disappearing act tonight

Others: David Rundblad did some good things tonight, but he turned the puck over more than anyone else on the team.  Nikita Filatov didn’t have a great night, but with the 3-in-3 and playing so little I’m not going to bury him for that.

Binghamton lost in Hershey tonight.  I did not see the game so I’m reliant on reports about it (for the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link).  Mike McKenna took the loss while Wacey Hamilton scored his first goal of the year and Andre Petersson his second.  Mark Borowiecki stands out as a +2.

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