Ottawa 1, Montreal 2; Binghamton 2, Rochester 3

The Ottawa Senators lost a close game to Montreal tonight.  Montreal dominated the first period, but did all their damage in the second.  Ottawa worked hard for the come back, but simply could not produce the tying goal.  The box score is here link.  Here’s a look at the goals scored:
1. Montreal, Cole
Michalek fails to get the puck out and then neither he nor Kuba are able to get back in time to prevent the cross-ice pass
2. Montreal, Kostitsyn
Karlsson passes it to the wrong team in front of the net and the Habs score on a 2-on-0
3. Smith (Condra, Kuba)
Condra makes a fantastic pass through two checkers and Smith sneaks it past Price far side

Top-performers:
Zack Smith – scored a goal, was hard on the puck, and played well defensively
Erik Condra – as above minus the goal; lot’s of great, intelligent plays
Chris Neil – threw two huge hits and was his usual, abrasive self

Players who struggled:
Brian Lee – after missing seven straight games he was only noticeable for passing the puck to the wrong team in the slot
Erik Karlsson – he wasn’t awful, but he cost the team the winning goal on a terrible play

Binghamton fell 3-2 to Rochester.  I did not see the game so I’m reliant on reports about it.  The box score is here link, Joy Lindsay’s game summary is here linkPat Cannone and Francis Lessard scored while Robin Lehner took the loss.

The Elmira Jackals lost 4-3 to Trenton.  Maxim Gratchev had a goal and an assist.  Bobby Raymond had no points in the Florida Everblades victory over South Carolina.

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