Ottawa 1, Toronto 3; Binghamton 3, Rochester 4 (OT)

Playing their third game in four nights, tonight’s game was about as entertaining as watching paint dry.  Much like the Habs in the previous two games, the Leafs sat back all night (fronting their net) and the Sens had no answer for that.  Ben Bishop looked human, unable to keep his punchless team in the game in the third period.  The CBC broadcast was endlessly fond of shots of Randy Carlyle, which made for riveting television.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
The Sens dominated most of the play to start the period, establishing a good cycle.  Rob Klinkhammer had the best chance to score on a breakaway.  Ottawa continued its trend of ineffectiveness on the powerplay.  The weirdest part of the period was Sergei Gonchar fighting.
Second Period
The flow of play evened out and the Leafs broke the ice when Karlsson scored on his own net (the puck getting caught in Bishop‘s pads and went in).  The game entered goofy land when Neil and Grabovski were thrown out after a fight–the latter didn’t have his tie-down on, but I have no idea why Neil got the boot.  The Sens controlled play afterward, but struggled to get pucks to the net.
Third Period
The refs stepped in to help the Leafs with a terrible hooking call on Jim O’Brien (Kessel was holding O’Brien‘s stick) and the Leafs immediately scored on the 4-on-3.  The officials were clearly aware it was a terrible call because they made an immediate make-up call, with the Sens eventually getting a 5-on-3.  Barely able to generate a shot (although Spezza did kick the puck in), the Leafs salted the game away with their own 5-on-3 goal.  Greening was able to break the shutout before the game ended with a nice tip in front of Reimer.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Toronto, Connolly
Karlsson’s pass from behind the net hits the back of Bishop’s pads and goes in
2. Toronto, Kessel (pp)
Beats Bishop 5-hole through a screen
3. Toronto, Phaneuf (pp)
Beats Bishop with a one-timer on the short side
4. Greening (Kuba, O’Brien)

Top-performers: no one really stood out for the Sens tonight, who were clearly tired and out of sync.

Players Who Struggled:
Ben Bishop – you can make arguments for him on all three goals, but if he stops at least one of the two powerplay goals it’s a different game
Bobby Butler – he wasn’t terrible, but he was dressed to help provide offence and that didn’t happen

-Binghamton lost in overtime tonight, with Mike McKenna making 41-saves in the loss.  Andre Petersson, Pat Cannone, and Wacey Hamilton scored.  Mark Borowiecki was a team worst -2, while Petersson, Conboy, and Henningson were +1.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

-Elmira beat Florida 3-1, with Bobby Raymond going pointless and Brian Stewart dressing as the backup.

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