Ottawa 1, Vancouver 4; Binghamton 2, Norfolk 5

The Senators lost their third game in a row and didn’t look very good in the process.  They started with a physical tone that faded as the game wound on (likely a reaction to the officiating–it was not a great night for Marcus Vinnerborg and Kevin Pollock).  Despite a lack of results Chris Neil and Bobby Butler were still on the powerplay while the first unit spent much of a 5-on-3 passing the puck around on the outside (a simplified powerplay was where they found success earlier in the season).  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Vancouver, Edler (pp)
Phillips screens Anderson who over commits the wrong way
2. Vancouver, Kesler
A 2-on-1 where Spezza gives up on the backcheck allowing Kesler to score easily
3. Vancouver, Kesler (pp)
Smith misses the puck boucing off the backboards and Phillips can’t control Kesler in front who bangs it in
4. Greening (Spezza, Lee)
Luongo over commits to the deke and leaves Greening with a wide open net
5. Vancouver, Weise (sh)
Dekes Neil and then Anderson

Jared Cowen – he wasn’t spectacular, but played a safe, steady game
Daniel Alfredsson – he didn’t pick up a point, but he was strong on the puck and played hard at both ends

Players who struggled
Chris Phillips – was the key figure for two goals against
Jason Spezza – needs to simplify his game, but the main reason he’s here is because is he skaes hard for a few more strides the second Vancouver goal doesn’t happen
Craig Anderson – tonight wasn’t all his fault, but he isn’t paid to be average
Milan Michalek – no shots, no scoring chances, and a minus player

The Binghamton Senators lost their third game in a row (out shot 42-17), with the depleted lineup getting goals from Rob Klinkhammer and Mike Hoffman (Mike McKenna took the loss).  Craig Schira lead the team at -3.  I did not see the game so I’m reliant on reports on it–for the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s summary go here link.

Elmira won last night, with Brian Stewart getting the win and Louie Caporusso adding a goal.

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  1. […] Pollock and Dean Morton (link; Pollock in particular has bad track record with the Sens this year, link), and as expected there were very few calls (three of which were of the phantom variety).  Along […]

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