Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 4; Binghamton 3, Adirondack 1

I was at tonight’s game against the Penguins which featured abysmal goaltending on both sides.  A slow and non-descript first period was followed by an eight goal bonanza in the second that ultimately chased Brent Johnson from the net.  Despite the win (Alex Auld earning his first), the Sens Nick Foligno was the victim of another knee (this time from Simon Despres) and his status has yet to be updated.  For the box score go here link.  Tonight’s goals:
1. Greening (Spezza, Cowen)
A great deflection in front
2. Pittsburgh, Sullivan
Beats Auld far side in close; a shot Auld should have had
3. Spezza (Alfredsson, Karlsson)
Fires it home from between the circles
4. Alfredsson (Spezza, Lee)
Slides the puck under Johnson from the faceoff dot
5. Pittsbugh, Niskanen (pp)
Beats Auld short side from the point; another bad goal
6. Pittsburgh, Malkin (pp)
Beats Auld exactly the same way
7. Cowen (Foligno, Karlsson)
Bounces the puck in off of Orpik
8. Konopka (Karlsson, Cowen) (pp)
A great deflection in front
9. Spezza (Alfredsson, Cowen)
Goes 5-hole on Fleury
10. Pittsburgh, Kunitz
A great deflection in front

Top-performers:
Jared Cowen – had a four-point night and was strong in his own zone
Jason Spezza – also had a four-point night, the most he’s had this season
Daniel Alfredsson – three-points and tied with the two above at +4

Players who struggled:
Alex Auld – three bad goals does not inspire confidence
David Rundblad – he was benched after a Karlsson turnover and was only out again on powerplays; it’s pretty clear that his dangling at the offensive blueline is what’s driving Paul MacLean nuts

The Binghamton Senators won in the return of Corey Locke, breaking their four-game losing streak.  Mike McKenna got the win while David Dziurzynski, Rob Klinkhammer, and Stephan Da Costa scored.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.

Elmira lost 5-3 to Chicago, with Brian Stewart pulled in the loss, Jack Downing having a goal and an assist, and Louie Caporusso with no points and a -3.

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