Ottawa 1, Boston 0; Binghamton 5, St. John’s 1

The Sens dominated Boston for forty minutes and Robin Lehner preserved the win in the third period.  It was good to see Ottawa beat both Boston and ThomasMatt Gilroy was used sparingly, but was solid in his first game.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
The Sens played a strong opening period, largely dominating the Bruins and scoring the only goal of the period on the powerplay (Karlsson through an excellent Alfredsson screen).
Second Period
Ottawa continued to control the play, although Boston picked up its physical game.  Condra missed an empty net, continuing his lengthy scoring drought.
Third Period
Boston dominated the entire game, the Bruins enjoying three powerplays and the Sens unable to capitalise on their few chances (such as Smith‘s breakaway).  Lehner, who wasn’t very busy in the first two periods, was excellent in the third.

Here’s a look at the goal:
1. Karlsson (Michalek, Spezza) (pp)
Beats Thomas high through an Alfredsson screen

Top-performers:
Robin Lehner – was excellent when he needed to be and earned his first NHL shutout
Sergei Gonchar – despite taking a late penalty he was excellent defensively
Erik Condra – he missed an empty net, but was excellent in his own zone

Players Who Struggled:
Zenon Konopka – two brutal giveaways on the penalty kill in the third period

Ben Bishop had a stellar debut with Binghamton making 41 saves in Binghamton’s win over St. John’s.  Mike Hoffman scored twice and Corey Locke, Pat Cannone, and Derek Grant added singles.  Locke lead the with three points and both he and Eric Gryba were +2.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

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