Ottawa 5, New York Islanders 1

Missing two big pieces out of their lineup (Spezza and Alfredsson), the Sens dominated a disinterested Islanders team, cruising to an easy win that guarantees them a playoff berth.  Anderson was tested infrequently, the game being dominated by Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
I missed the first chunk of the first period, but tuned in just in time for Tavares to bounce the puck in off Streit‘s skate.  Karlsson creates a good chance, but O’Brien can’t bang in his rebound.  Turris tied the game on a great individual effort.  Ottawa carried the play throughout the period.
Second Period
The Sens got an early powerplay, but Karlsson gave up a breakaway to Grabner that Anderson stopped.  Ottawa scored subsequently with a great play finished off by GoncharMichalek expands the lead when he steals the puck and slides the puck under Montoya.  As the period continued at a laconic pace, the Sens added to their lead when Foligno banged in Winchester‘s rebound.
Third Period
Ottawa continued to dominate in the lifeless game.  Turris added to the lead on the powerplay picking up Foligno‘s rebound. Streit hit the post as the Sens went to sleep towards the end of the period.

A look at the goals:
1. NYI, Streit
Tavares bounces the puck in off Streit’s skate
2. Turris (Gonchar, Michalek)
Michalek knocks the puck loose from a scrum behind the net, Gonchar finds Turris, and he picks up his own blocked shot to score
3. Gonchar (Michalek, Turris) (pp)
Great pass by Michalek to Gonchar who one-times it in
4. Michalek (Turris, Butler)
Steals the puck from Reasoner and then slides it underneath Montoya and off Reasoner’s skate and in
5. Foligno (Winchester, Greening)
Winchester slides the puck under Montoya and Foligno bangs it in
6. Turris (Foligno, Karlsson) (pp)
Foligno drives the net and Turris bangs in the rebound

Top-performers:
Kyle Turris – a dominating performance
Milan Michalek – see above
Erik Condra – still snake-bitten when it comes to scoring, but was excellent defensively

Players Who Struggled:
Matt Gilroy – continues to play his way off the roster

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Binghamton at the Seventy-Game Mark

Binghamton has played 70 games and it’s time to take a look at how they’ve done over the last 10 (for the previous segment go here link). The B-Sens were 3-5-2 for ten points (one less than the previous ten game segment). They continue to be 5th in the division, 15th in the conference, and 30th in the league. They are tied for 20th in goals for (unchanged) and remain 28th in goals against. Player’s stats (INJ=games missed due to injury, SCR= scratched, SUS=suspended, NHL=games in the NHL, ECHL=games in the ECHL):

Pat Cannone 10-3-5-8 -3
Andre Petersson 9-6-0-6 -2 INJ 1
Patrick Wiercioch 10-2-4-6 -3
David Dziurzynski
10-2-3-5 -2
Mike Hoffman
10-2-3-5 -4
Jack Downing 10-1-4-5 +1
Stephane Da Costa 10-1-4-5 -2
Mark Parrish 10-2-2-4 -5
Craig Schira 10-2-1-3 -2
Wacey Hamilton
10-2-1-3 -5
Derek Grant
 10-0-3-3 -2
Tim Conboy 6-0-2-2 +2 INJ 4
Dan Henningson 10-1-1-2 -5
Mark Borowiecki 10-0-2-2 -2
Corey Cowick
6-0-1-1 Even (ECHL 4-4-1-5 +4) SCR 1
Eric Gryba
 8-1-0-1 -4 INJ 2
Josh Godfrey 8-0-1-1 Even SCR 2
Mike Bartlett 
9-0-1-1 +1 SCR 1
Louie Caporusso 6-0-0-0 Even (ECHL 2-3-1-4 Even) INJ 2
Cole Schneider 5-0-0-0 Even
Matt Puempel 3-0-0-0 Even SCR 2
Francis Lessard DNP SCR 10
Corey Locke (injured)
Bobby Raymond (ECHL 13-1-5-6 +7)
Mike McKenna 1-2-1 2.98 .917 (pulled once) GAA and SV decreasing
Robin Lehner 2-3-1 3.23 .908 (pulled twice) GAA and SV improved
Brian Stewart (ECHL 5-1-1 2.56 .917) GAA and SV improved

With Corey Locke out for the rest of the season, Pat Cannone lead the team in points playing on a line with Andre Petersson (who lead the team in goals).  Patrick Wiercioch is finally back to producing the way he was prior to his throat injury and his six points are double the next nearest blueliner.  Mike McKenna‘s numbers have started to slide the wrong way while Robin Lehner‘s are slowly improving.  Jack Downing and Tim Conboy were the only players to finish on the plus side of the ledger, while Mark Parrish, Wacey Hamilton, and Dan Henningson shared the team worst -5.  Rookies Matt Puempel and Cole Schneider have yet to produce on the ice, but neither is a minus player.

Senators News: April 1st; Binghamton 1, Syracuse 2 (OT)

Jesse Winchester and Matt Gilroy return to the lineup while Rob Klinkhammer and Matt Carkner come out (ironically, the latter two players each had points last night, the first in nine games and first in eighteen respectively).

Steve Lloyd Tweets that Mika Zibanejad is coming over from Sweden (Djurgarden will be relegated) and he expects he’ll play some games in Binghamton.

-Binghamton lost 2-1 in overtime last night, with Robin Lehner making 39 saves.  Patrick Wiercioch scored the only goal, while Borowiecki, Dziurzynski, and Hamilton were a team low -2.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

Patrick Wiercioch talked about the loss, “It’s been a long year, I feel like we’ve had a lot of those games where either we’ve been up a goal in the last five minutes, or we just couldn’t quite get in done in overtime. Robbie (Lehner) played phenomenal for us tonight, gave us a chance to even be in that game. Pretty disappointing that we couldn’t get him the two points.”

-Elmira lost 4-3 in a shootout with Brian Stewart taking the loss.  Bobby Raymond had an assist in Florida’s win.

Central Scouting looks at the top prospects for the 2012 draft and makes the following comparisons (to be taken with a grain of salt):
Nail Yakubov – Pavel Bure
Mikhail Grigorenko – Evgeny Malkin
Ryan Murray – Scott Niedermayer
Radek Faksa – Martin Havlat
Morgan Rielly – Duncan Keith
Filip Forsberg – Corey Perry
Malcolm Subban – Carey Price