Ottawa 1, Chicago 2; Binghamton 5, Syracuse 2

The Senators can thank Robin Lehner for making a game that wasn’t close look respectively (he made 37 saves).  The Hawks dominated the game and the Sens were unable to generate momentum or even many chances.  Here is the box score.

First Period
Ottawa was atrocious to start the period with loose defensive play requiring Robin Lehner to repeatedly bail them out (especially saves on Patrick Kane and Andrew Brunette).  Matt Gilroy had the defensive play of the period, harassing Kane enough that he didn’t get a shot on a breakaway.  Despite their poor play, Ottawa scored first with Michalek surprising Emery on a one-timer.
Second Period
The Sens continued to struggle to start the second period.  Lehner stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway and then a penalty shot, but the Hawks finally scored on a 6-on-5 to tie the game and then went ahead on the powerplay.  MacLean threw the lines in the blender and the Sens played much better afterwards, but still had no answer to the Patrick Kane line.
Third Period
The Sens played their best in the third, but were still sloppy defensively (giving up a breakaway to Andrew Shaw) and had trouble getting pucks to the net.  Ultimately they had no answer offensively for the Hawks (including Gilroy missing an empty net).

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Michalek (Spezza, Gilroy)
Spezza makes a perfect pass to Michalek above the circles and his one-timer catches the far post
2. Chicago, Bickell
Michalek leaves Bickell unattended in front and he beats Lehner high
3. Chicago, Hossa (pp)
Niether Kuba nor Konopka are able to collapse far side in time to prevent Hossa from scoring on the wrap around after Lehner makes the initial save

Top-performers:
Robin Lehner – made a number of huge saves and gave his teammates a chance to win
Milan Michalek – scored the team’s only goal and lead them in scoring chances
Colin Greening – was strong defensively and along the wall

Players Who Struggled:
Kyle Turris – was a big reason why the Patrick Kane line dominated and generated virtually nothing offensively
Bobby Butler – has gone back to being invisible, failing to generate offence

Binghamton jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Syracuse, chasing Antero Niittymaki and cruising to a 5-2 win.  Ben Bishop made 42 saves to earn the victory, while Mike Hoffman scored two goals and Andre Petersson, Corey Locke, and Pat Cannone had the others.  Locke and Hoffman each had three-point nights.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

Elmira lost 3-1 tonight, with Brian Stewart dressing as the backup and Corey Cowick held off the scoresheet (Louie Caporusso is still injured).  Bobby Raymond had no points but was a +5 in Florida’s 9-3 victory.

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