Ottawa 6, Philadelphia 4

The Senators bailed out Craig Anderson in beating the Flyers, rallying in the third period to overcome a 4-2 deficit.  The game drifted from intense to sleepy (particularly in the second period), but as has been the norm this season the Sens created excitement at the finish.  Here is the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Alfredsson (Turris, Cowen)
Left all alone in front he makes no mistake off Turris’ great pass
2. Philadelphia, Meszaros
Drifts a shot through Anderson
3. Neil (Foligno, Karlsson)
Bangs in Karlsson’s rebound
4. Philadelphia, Bourdon
Floats the puck past Anderson
5. Philadelphia, Couturier
Decides to shoot on the 2-on-1 and Anderson is off his angle
6. Philadelphia, Read (pp)
Cashes in a rebound
7. Greening (Spezza, Michalek)
Greening’s cross-ice pass is deflected into his own net by Carle
8. Karlsson (unassisted)
Steals the puck from Jagr and shoots on the odd-man rush, beating Bryzgalov 5-hole
9. Kuba (Condra, Alfredsson)
Point shot deflects in off Hartnell
10. Foligno (Neil) (en)
Neil creates the turnover that gets Foligno the empty-netter

Top-performers:
Filip Kuba – scores the game winner and is (again) a monster defensively
Erik Karlsson – tied the game and picked up another assist

Players who struggled:
Craig Anderson – let in three bad goals (the first two being particularly awful)
Matt Carkner – took two dumb penalties and is lucky the team didn’t pay for them
Jason Spezza – lead the team in turnovers and made them in dangerous areas

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Senators News: January 8th; Binghamton 2, Rochester 3

-No changes are expected for the Sens lineup today

-After the Sens loss on Philadelphia Paul MacLean talked about a lack of respect from referees for Craig Anderson, “I just wish that our goalie, Craig Anderson, who has 19 wins, would get the same respect that the other goaltenders in the league get as far as being allowed to defend his net and be able to play his position. That’s the only complaint that I would have” (link).

-I don’t think the NHLPA’s rejection of the NHL’s realignment plan means much of anything other than a small measure of push back.  I suspect next fall either that plan or one very similar to it will be in effect with the PA’s blessings.

-Binghamton’s two-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Syracuse last night.  Andre Petersson and Rob Klinkhammer scored the goals, with Petersson and Corey Locke both having two-point nights.  Mike McKenna made 25 saves in the loss.  Here is the box score and Joy Lindsay’s game summary.

-With Robin Lehner‘s suspension at an end, Brian Stewart was returned to Elmira

-Elmira won last night, with Louie Caporusso picking up two points while Jack Downing was held pointless.

-Sens prospect Jean-Gabriel Pageau was traded from Gatineau to Chicoutimi as Gatineau gears up its rebuild

-I talked about Bryan Burke’s irrational attachment to enforcers previously (link) and The Hockey News‘ Ken Campbell writes about it as well (link).  He writes in part, “Burke’s problem with the lack of fighting is that he thinks it allows gutless pukes to run around the ice elbowing opponents and smashing them from behind without retribution, going so far as saying, ‘anyone who has watched the last week and is not a little alarmed has not been paying attention.’ Huh? Like that never happened before Brendan Shanahan and the league started to bring the hammer down on these guys? Really? I do not for one minute doubt the sincerity of Burke and others when it comes to their beliefs on fighting’s place in the game. The only problem I have is that no rational train of thought supports the need for fighting in the NHL, but these guys continue to cling to their philosophy. Just because they’re power brokers and have a pulpit and carry a lot of influence, it doesn’t mean we have to believe what they’re saying. Out of one side of his mouth, Burke says the game is better than it has ever been since the NHL has opened its doors. What Burke conveniently forgets is that part of what has made the game so good is players, for the most part, no longer have to worry about having to deal with some one-dimensional knuckle dragger taking their heads off every time they try to carry the puck through the neutral zone, or that players who are too slow, not skilled enough and don’t have enough hockey sense to keep up at the NHL level are on the ice less than ever. Perhaps the most preposterous statement Burke made was that players are now afraid to hit because they’re concerned about being suspended, a development he basically contends will result in the league going to 4-on-4 ringette. What he conveniently forgets, again, is that in the vast majority of cases, players in this day and age cannot apply a clean, hard, open-ice hit to an opponent without having to answer the bell by fighting one of the aggrieved player’s teammates. Using Burke’s logic when it comes to fighting, wouldn’t that mean nobody would hit anybody because they have to fight every time they do?