Ottawa 3, Boston 5; Binghamton 1, Adirondack 2 (SO)

The Sens played roughly 15 minutes of solid hockey tonight and still nearly stole a point from the Bruins despite weak goaltending.  The game was not particularly physical (other than a huge hit by Chris Neil) and lacked intensity throughout.  I expect a better effort tomorrow.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
The Sens scored early with a great goal from Karlsson, but they could not maintain the momentum with an Alfredsson turnover leading to Bergeron tying it.  A lifeless powerplay followed, but the kicker was a brutal goal given up by Auld to Marchant.  The Sens were guilty of a lot of turnovers (particularly by the defence, with Karlsson and Phillips leading the way).
Second Period
Ottawa was awful in the period, continuing to struggle in their own zone.  Boston scored the only goal, with Daugavins turning the puck over and then Auld deflecting the puck into his own net.  A late powerplay helped the Sens a little, but on the whole they showed little sign of coming back in the game.  Turris and Spezza gained the lead for the team in turnovers.
Third Period
The Sens continued to struggle until late in the third period (long after Neil‘s devastating hit on Boychuk), with  Krejci scoring a powerplay goal, when Alfredsson scored twice on identical plays, but the Bruins salted the game away with an empty-netter.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Karlsson (Spezza, Michalek)
Spezza finds Karlsson all alone in the slot
2. Boston, Bergeron
Alfredsson turns it over and Karlsson and Kuba can’t control Bergeron in front of the net who bangs home a rebound
3. Boston, Marchand
A simple shot at the net fools Auld
4. Boston, Caron
Daugavins turns it over and Auld deflects it into his own net
5. Boston, Krejci (pp)
Auld over commits to a point shot that goes wide and Smith isn’t able to collapse in time to prevent Krejci scoring on an empty net
6. Alfredsson (Spezza, Karlsson)
A great cross-ice pass from Spezza and Alfredsson beats an out of position Thomas
7. Alfredsson (Karlsson, Spezza)
Identical to the last play, except Karlsson makes the pass
8. Boston, Bergeron (en)

Erik Karlsson – despite turnovers in his own end, was the engine for Ottawa’s offence
Filip Kuba – the best blueliner defensively tonight
Daniel Alfredsson – his two goals made what wasn’t a very competitive game interesting

Players Who Struggled:
Kyle Turris – other than turnovers was invisible
Alex Auld – two bad goals are unacceptable

Binghamton lost 2-1 to Adirondack tonight, with McKenna making 50 saves in the loss.  Derek Grant scored Binghamton’s only goal.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

Elmira also lost tonight, with Corey Cowick picking up an assist (Louie Caporusso did not play).

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