Senators News: January 5th; Binghamton 3, Wilkes-Barre 1

-Binghamton defeated Wilkes-Barre 3-1 last night in a game I was able to watch.  The B-Sens had a slow start and were badly outshot in the game (44-15), but were opportunistic and overcame some brutal officiating.  Robin Lehner earned the win while Derek Grant, Mike Hoffman, and Hugh Jessiman provided the goals.  There was an ugly boarding incident as Eric Tangradi ran Mark Borowiecki late in the game–it bodes well for Tangradi‘s future as a Penguin (2:40 in the highlight package).  Here are the highlights and box score.

-Binghamton plays Hershey (16-14-2) tonight.  The Bears are lead by Jeff Taffe (32 points) and backstopped by Braden Holtby (12-10-1 2.15 .932).  Binghamton won their last meeting 2-1 in OT.

-Elmira defeated conference leading Reading 5-3 last night.  Darren Kramer picked up an assist in his return to the lineup (along with two fights), while Jack Downing had a three-point night, Louie Caporusso had two points, and Dustin Gazley scored.  The Jackals play the Royals again tonight.

-I wasn’t able to watch either WJC game, but Canada lost 6-5 to Russia while the Swedes lost 3-1 to the States.  I imagine there will be some soul-searching here, but while I think the coaching for Canada could have been better there’s not much to draw from a single elimination tournament.

-Here’s an update on how Senators players in Europe have performed:
Erik Karlsson (SM-Liiga) 30-9-25-34
Jason Spezza (NLA) 28-9-21-30
Sergei Gonchar (KHL) 35-3-25-28
Milan Michalek (Czech) 20-11-11-22
Kyle Turris (SM-Liiga) 21-7-12-19
Kaspars Daugavins (KHL) 34-5-8-13
Mike Lundin (Allsvenskan) 7-0-4-4
Colin Greening (Denmark) 17-13-12-25
Zack Smith (Denmark) 7-4-6-10
Peter Regin (NLB) 4-2-3-5
Erik Condra (Ger-3/Ger-2) 7-8-11-19/10-10-5-15

As expected all the players (save Daugavins) have dominated their respective leagues.

Stu Hackel sums up the current state of the CBA negotiations, but I don’t think their bitter nature will interfere with a deal getting done.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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