Senators News: April 17th

-The Sens talked about last night’s game, with Nick Foligno saying “It’s unfortunate he’s [Alfredsson] not in the lineup, given the circumstances, but I thought we played pretty well without him. Guys were in situations they’re probably not used to playing and I thought they did a pretty good job.”  Kyle Turris said “I’ve got to score on those.  I had an opportunity to tie it up and send it to OT. I missed the net (Monday), I won’t miss the net the next time.”

Mike Hume points out that the trend of shots per game and scoring chances are slanting in Ottawa’s favour as the series has gone on.

-Here’s my review of Binghamton’s season.  Joy Lindsay provides a look at the goaltenders and defensemen, with the most interesting insight being that the coaches picked Eric Gryba as their top defenseman of the year.

Kurt Kleinendorst talked about the season that was, saying “Everyone’s on the same page. The fact that this group never turned on one another, never turned on me  … those things matter. Back in February, it would have been easy for everybody to just pack it in. But that’s not what happened. Guys continued to show up every day and work hard. They showed up every night and competed. For this particular group, as young as we were without the veteran core we needed, it really wasn’t bad. To be honest, I think we overachieved.”  That’s an interesting assessment from the coach, who clearly puts the blame for Binghamton’s record on the lack of veterans (or, perhaps, healthy/the right veterans).

-Florida beat Elmira 5-4, with Brian Stewart serving as the backup and Corey Cowick, Jack Downing, and Bobby Raymond held off the scoresheet (Josh Godfrey did not play)

-Speaking of Elmira, bobbykelly mistakenly implies the Sens black aces were eligible to play for the Jackels during their playoff run, but only players who have played at least 5 ECHL games during a season are available to be sent down (which is not the case for any of the players now in Ottawa)

Mario Lemieux has finally weighed in on his team’s behaviour, saying he’s embarrassed by the Penguins actions.

Dale Hunter says the Bruins are going after Nicklas Backstrom‘s head; I haven’t seen enough of the series to know one way or another, but teams in general have been targeting the heads of players with concussion histories (Neal on Giroux, for one example), so I wouldn’t be surprised.

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