Ottawa 3, Calgary 3 (OT); Binghamton 4, Syracuse 3 (OT)

Ottawa overcame atrocious goaltending from Alex Auld, taking dumb penalties, and a three-goal deficit to defeat Calgary in overtime.  The Sens struggled in the first period, but were the better team there after.  The game also featured a head shot from Sarich on Erik Condra which I doubt the NHL will punish.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Calgary, Bourque
Kyle Turris deflects the puck through Alex Auld’s legs, who would have easily stopped it if he had his stick in the proper position
2. Calgary, Glencross (pp)
Jared Cowen loses Glencross in the slot and he fires home a great pass from the corner
3. Calgary, Butler
Throws the puck at the net and Auld simply misses it–horrible goal
4. Foligno (Gonchar)
A great individual rush, sliding the puck beneath Irving
5. Smith (Lee, Phillips)
Powers a shot in on the far side
6. Karlsson (unassisted)
A great steal, picks up his own rebound and cashes it in an empty net as Irving can’t recover from the initial save
7. Alfredsson (Karlsson, Neil) (pp)
Fires it top-shelf for his 400th career goal

Top-performers:
Erik Karlsson – ties the game and assists on the winner; despite a few turnovers he was good defensively
Zack Smith – strong defensively and scored
Daniel Alfredsson – scores the winner and was good throughout

Players who struggled:
Alex Auld – allowed two terrible goals
Jared Cowen – too many turnovers and was uncertain when he moved the puck

Binghamton came back to beat Syracuse in overtime 4-3.  Mike McKenna picked up the win and the team had four different goal scorers (Da Costa, Hoffman, Dziurzynski, and Borowiecki).  Derek Grant added two assists. Click here for the box score and here for Joy Lindsay’s game summary.

Elmira won 3-2 tonight with Brian Stewart picking up the win while Louie Caporusso and Jack Downing held off the scoreboard

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