Ottawa 3, Buffalo 4 (SO); Binghamton 1, Rochester 6

Ottawa gave up three one-goal leads to lose to the Sabres in a shootout.  It was a controversial finish with a non-call on Marcus Foligno that lead immediately to the game-tying goal late in the third period.  The officials (Kelly Sutherland and Chris Rooney) only called four penalties, ignoring many infractions on both sides, but following a general pattern in the NHL of fewer and fewer calls. Ben Bishop was solid in net, but couldn’t hold the fort in the shootout.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
Dominated by Buffalo, who held a 12-7 lead in shots, but the Sens scored the only goal on a short-handed breakaway for Erik Condra.
Second Period
The Sens dominated the second, firing 21 shots and had plenty of chances to score more than the single goal they got from Erik Karlsson (a goal from Alfredsson was called back when it was determined the whistle had blown; Daugavins had a breakaway and Condra had a chance all alone in front).  The Sabres tied the game twice, including late when Tyler Ennis cashed in on a puck that deflected off of Filip Kuba.
Third Period
A more balanced period, but the Sens had the lead off another Karlsson tally until the controversial Marcus Foligno goal.  Foligno pulled down Sergei Gonchar and then his shot bounced in off of Alfredsson.
OT
Chances both ways, with the Sens able to kill off a powerplay at the end of the extra frame.
Shootout
Alfredsson scored the only goal for Ottawa, with Bishop stopping just one Buffalo shooter.

A look at the goals:
1. Condra (sh)
Sprung on a breakaway after a Phillips blocked shot
2. Buffalo, Gerbe
Fires through a crowd
3. Karlsson (Neil, Foligno)
Puts the puck in off Miller from the corner
4. Buffalo, Ennis
The puck bounces off Kuba’s leg and Ennis cashes in on it
5. Karlsson (unassisted)
Terrible giveaway by the Sabres and Karlsson beats Miller from the slot
6. Buffalo, M. Foligno
Pulls Gonchar down and bounces the puck in off Alfredsson

Top-performers:
Erik Karlsson – scored twice and was solid in all three zones
Filip Kuba – the Ennis goal wasn’t his fault and he was excellent defensively

Players Who Struggled: no one stood out as individually atrocious, although the Sens had problems with their breakouts.

-Binghamton got hammered tonight by Rochester, with Robin Lehner pulled after giving up 6 goals on 23 shots.  Jack Downing scored the only goal, with the B-Sens firing a pathetic 18 shots throughout the game.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

-Elmira won 5-2 tonight, with Brian Stewart picking up the win and Louie Caporusso adding a goal.  Bobby Raymond was held off the scoreboad in Florida’s win tonight.

Senators News: March 10th; Binghamton 1, Rochester 3

Zack Smith talks about teammates Jared Cowen, “He’s such a big guy, he skates so well and he’s good with the puck … he’s such a strong guy in our end. Lots of times he outmuscles guys. He’s one of the big guys that play hard. They’re going to make sure you don’t want to go in the corners when you go against them. He’s obviously not (Zdeno) Chara, but I’d put him up there with that kind of player. He’s hard to play against. He’s got kind of a mean streak to him.”

Paul MacLean talked about Rob Klinkhammer‘s performance thus far, “He’s got real good speed, gets around the rink real well. I think he does a good job in the defensive zone, along the boards. He does a good job on the forecheck, shares the puck real well. I think he makes our team faster and a little more skilled.”  If Klinkhammer plays two more games the Sens give up their 2013 7th round draft pick to Chicago (the condition of the trade they made in December).  The assumption is that he’ll be returned to Binghamton when Jesse Winchester is healthy.

-Binghamton lost to Rochester last night despite out shooting them 36-29.  Robin Lehner took the loss and Craig Schira scored the only goal for Binghamton.  Mark Parrish and Wacey Hamilton both finished -2 and Andre Petersson lead the team with eight shots.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

-Elmira won 7-3 with last night Louie Caporusso scoring twice in his return to the lineup (his first game since January).  Brian Stewart dressed as the backup.  Bobby Raymond and the Florida Everblades were shutout.

Jakob Silfverberg was interviewed about his season with Brynas and repeated that he returned to Sweden because he didn’t feel mentally ready for the NHL–he believes the extra year has helped him.  He mentioned he has no interest in returning to the Brynas for another year.  Silfverberg won the SEL equivalent of the Lady Byng and was second in the voting for the Hart trophy.

-A few Sens college prospects have finished their seasons: Ryan Dzingel, Max McCormick, and Michael Sdao.  None are graduating, although it’s possible the Sens will try to sign Sdao (they did the same last year with Ben Blood, but he decided to stay for his senior year).