Senators News: February 8th

-A quiet night on the Sens front as neither Ottawa nor Binghamton plays tonight.

Mark Borowiecki was re-assigned to Binghamton which is no surprise with Mike Lundin healthy.  He’ll be a big boost for Binghamton and may be the ticket for Ben Blood to return to Elmira–I missed my chance to look smart as that change has now been announced.

-Here are my thoughts on last night’s 3-2 loss to CarolinaScott had the scoring chances at 26-20.

-Elmira faces Kalamazoo tonight; the Wings are lead by Aaron Clarke (35 points) and backstopped by Joel Martin (19-17-5 2.64 .920).

Pierre LeBrun and Adam Proteau wonder if having a third referee would help avoid mistakes on the ice and I just don’t see it.  Officiating in the NHL has always been capricious and that will continue no matter how many refs are involved.

-I wrote about how many former Hartford Whalers were coaches (looking specifically at the 88-89 roster) last April; Tal Pinchevsky writes about the topic (but broadly for the Whalers) for NHL.com.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Ottawa 2 Carolina 3 (OT)

Last night the Sens gave up two one-goal leads and lost to Carolina 3-2 in overtime.  It was an entertaining game and unfortunate result for the Sens who may have deserved a better fate.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
Peter Regin continues to be snake bitten as he had a number of good scoring opportunities (including  a pair in overtime)
-The Sens had a good number of excellent scoring chances but could not cash in–often missing the net (like Chris Neil in the first) or catching iron (like Colin Greening in the third)
-The posts were kind to Ottawa as well, as Semin hit one late in the first off a Kyle Turris turnover
Da Costa looked better tonight but was unable to get his shots on net when he had scoring chances
-It didn’t result in a goal, but Zack Smith took a dumb boarding penalty on Jeff Skinner in the first (speaking of Skinner, does anyone hold other players sticks more than that guy?)
-Ottawa’s defensive play in the second period was pretty loose and directly lead to Carolina’s first goal

The Goals
1. Karlsson (Silfverberg, Smith)
Silfverberg makes one of those extra passes that almost never works…but it worked and gave Karlsson an empty net
2. Carolina, Larose
Beats Anderson on a clear breakaway
3. Alfredsson (Turris, Gonchar)
Scores from a near impossible angle (high short side)
4. Carolina, Semin (pp)
Scores from the slot on the powerplay
5. Carolina, Harrison
Breakdown in OT leaves Harrison alone in front (Silfverberg gets way out of position) and he makes no mistake

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)