Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 (OT); Binghamton 2, Wilkes-Barre 4

The Ottawa Senators enjoyed yet another third period comeback to win 3-2 in overtime, although I suspect for many fans the biggest news was the injury suffered by Milan Michalek in a collision with Erik Karlsson.  I thought Buffalo helped defeat themselves by sitting back on their lead.  In regards to the Sens,  watching tonight I have no idea why Paul MacLean would ever break up the Bingo line (Daugavins-Smith-Condra) or the Michalek-Spezza-Greening line.  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Michalek (Spezza, Greening)
Ryan Miller over commits to Spezza whose pass gives Michalek a wide open net
2. Buffalo, Szczechura
Foligno strips Karlsson of the puck in front of the net and falls, leaving Buffalo with a 2-on-0 on the doorstep
3. Buffalo, Ennis
Rundblad tries to pass through Derek Roy who picks it off–the puck gets to Ennis whom Greening can’t catch and he dekes Anderson
4. Regin (Lee)
A seeing-eye shot through a crowd
5. Cowen (Karlsson, Spezza)
Great pass into the slot for Cowen to bang in

Top-performers:
Jason Spezza – two assists and no turnovers is a good night
Colin Greening – he had nine shots on goal along with an assist and solid physical play
Peter Regin – he was fantastic defensively and he scored
Jared Cowen – a great night that included the game-winner

Players who struggled: despite some mistakes I don’t think anyone stood out as particularly bad.  Paul MacLean was clearly ticked off by David Rundblad‘s turnover, but his overall play was fine.  Chris Phillips lead the team in turnovers, but by his standards his play was fine.

Binghamton lost their fourth game in a row despite leading twice (both goals, one by Da Costa and the other by Hoffman, were scored 5-on-3).  Robin Lehner took the loss.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.

Senators News: December 13th

-Here’s The Ottawa Sun‘s projected lineup for tonight: Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek, Peter Regin-Nick Foligno-Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Condra-Zack Smith-Chris Neil, Bobby Butler-Jesse Winchester-Kaspars Daugavins; Chris Phillips-Sergei Gonchar, Jared Cowen-Erik Karlsson, David Rundblad-Brian Lee (Ian Mendes Tweets (link) to update this, saying Konopka will play and Butler is scratched).

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan reports that Bryan Murray intends to qualify Nikita Filatov to keep his rights (link), which is a prudent move (it’s worth pointing out that the Sens got Oleg Saprykin for Alexei Kaigorodov in 2007).  Pierre McGuire said this morning that he thought Filatov‘s problems were related to work ethic (link).  The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri writes that Filatov made a point of thanking Murray for how he was treated and for giving him an opportunity (link).  One thing that I hadn’t seen reported until the decision to return Filatov to Russia was made is that he supports his family financially (making playing in the AHL fiscally disastrous).  It’s interesting that his two head coaches had a different perspective on him, with Kurt Kleinendorst saying he thought Filatov worked on what he needed too (link) while Paul MacLean said the opposite (link).

-TSN, ESPN, and The Hockey News have their power rankings out (link and link and link), with Ottawa 25th, 24th, and 21st.

-Joy Lindsay reports that Patrick Wiercioch has been released from hospital (link)

-Joy updates Binghamton’s injuries (link) with only Corey Locke having a chance to be back in the lineup before Christmas.  Also out are Andre Petersson, Jim O’Brien, Josh Godfrey, and Maxime Gratchev.