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.

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