Ottawa 1, New York Islanders 2 (OT); Binghamton 2, Manchester 3 (OT)

Ottawa lost in overtime to the Islanders tonight in a game that lacked intensity and pace.  The Sens were lifeless in the first period and were only marginally better the rest of the game.  Defensive breakdowns cost them (they did not have to pay for a pair of dumb penalties that they took).  Thankfully the officials were not a story tonight.  It was Jim O’Brien‘s first NHL game of this season and he was solid in limited ice time .  Here is the  box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Smith (Condra, Gonchar) (sh)
Smith keeps on a 2-on-1 and Nabokov flubs the save
2. NYI, Martin
Cowen mis-reads the rush and leaves Martin wide open for a one-timer
3. NYI, Eaton
Foligno is lazy on the backcheck and leaves Eaton wide open who has an open net after Anderson over-commits to Jurcina

Top-performers:
Erik Condra – excellent in all zones
Erik Karlsson – he wasn’t perfect, but definitely the most active blueliner

Players Who Struggled:
Matt Carkner – his lack of footspeed is telling, but turnovers were the main problem (along with a dumb penalty)
Chris Phillips – lead the team in turnovers, making mental errors in his own zone

Binghamton also lost in overtime tonight, with Mike Hoffman and Jack Downing scoring the goals (Hoffman had two points).  Here’s the box score (there is no game summary from Joy Lindsay).

Elmira lost 4-3 in a shootout, Corey Cowick scored, Brian Stewart dressed as a back-up, and Louie Caporusso did not dress.

Senators News: February 3rd

-As a sign of desperate times Paul MacLean is experimenting with Alfredsson on the point on the powerplay–I don’t think he has the foot speed to do that anymore (link)

The Silver Seven‘s Adnan wonders if the Sens should call up Robin Lehner, and while I agree with him that Lehner would have better numbers in the NHL, he’s not fully healthy and I don’t think the Sens would consider it until he’s played a few games in Binghamton

Don Brennan writes about Jason Spezza‘s point drought and Milan Michalek‘s goalless streak, but doesn’t put his finger on the real issue: rotating linemates and the failed Bobby Butler experiment.  I like Colin Greening on the line as a defensive safety net, but think the move to put Erik Condra there provides something similar.

ESPN and The Hockey News‘ power rankings have Ottawa 12th and 13th

Mike McKenna is expected to start for Binghamton, but as yet the lineup for tonight has not been posted

Corey Cowick has been re-assigned to Elmira; Cowick, who was off to a better start this season, is on a nine-game pointless streak.

Hockey’s Future‘s staff writes about the hot/cold prospect through January, singling out Andre Petersson, “Since his return [from injury] in early January, Petersson has been one of the most dominant players in the AHL, a feat all the more extraordinary considering the middling season the Baby Sens are having. Through eight January games played, Petersson managed eight goals and seven assists, more than doubling his point total on the season. His numbers could have even been greater if he had not made his NHL debut on January 21st, skating five minutes in place of a banged-up Bobby Butler“, and Shane Prince, “Snubbed by USA Hockey to represent his country in the U20 WJCs, Shane Prince took whatever anger or frustration he felt and put together one of the most prolific stretches of hockey in his young career.  On December 28th, shortly after Team USA finished getting drubbed by upstart Finland, 4-1, Prince began a torrid offensive pace that would see him produce 14 goals and 13 assists over the next 14 games. He would do it with authority too, managing seven multipoint games and being held off the scoresheet only once during the stretch. His pace would be the most prolific of any OHL player during the month of January, producing 10 goals and 11 assists in nine games dating from January 8th to the 29th. Why such a prolific offensive player would be left off the Team USA roster remains unclear, though there is ample speculation his absence from the roster was for political reasons, as he opted to play in Canadian Major Juniors rather than with USA Hockey.”  They also mention David Rundblad dominating in the AHL (6-3-4-7).