Senators News: February 24th; Ottawa 3 Toronto 2

-Ottawa defeated the Leafs 3-2 last night, overcoming a 1-0 deficit to win the game in the final minute.  Ben Bishop made 26 saves in the win (a few big ones, but both goals were on the soft side), while Mika Zibanejad (excellent tip), Erik Condra (crashing rebound), and Colin Greening (aerial rebound) scored.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
-the infamous Greg Kimmerly was one of the officials, but had no significant impact on the game
-overall the Sens were the stronger team
Zack Smith is heading towards Bill Muckalt territory with his struggles to cash in on scoring opportunities
David Dziurzynski‘s strong play continues
Derek Grant has improved and looks more settled in his role (he had a great chance in the second, narrowly missing on the backhand)
-it was not a great game for Jim O’Brien whose major moment was getting drilled by Kadri
Mike Lundin was expected to play, but had the flu which meant Andre Benoit stayed in the lineup; it was a happy circumstance for the team
-there were no “clean” goals tonight, with a tip and two rebounds lighting the lamp
-it was a great night for Greening who was a factor in all three goals
-wasn’t Ottawa going to suffer without the likes of Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner?
Mark Parisi had issues with Chris Neil‘s game, but I did not; he was also unhappy with Eric Gryba‘s penalty late in the third, but given that it was a phantom call it’s not really his fault

-Steve Simmons (on TSN’s The Reporters) credited the consistency of the systems in Ottawa and Binghamton for helping players from the AHL make the transition to the NHL to keep the Sens afloat despite all their injuries.

-Binghamton lost 5-3 to Albany last night, blowing a 3-1 lead.  Marc Cheverie made 30 saves in the loss while Mark Borowiecki, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Shane Prince scored.  Here’s the boxscore.

-Binghamton faces Adirondack (20-27-3) tonight; the Phantoms are lead by Danny Syvret (26 points) and backstopped by Scott Munroe (11-13-0 2.59 .917).

Adrian Dater reports that Ambien use is prevalent among NHL players.  He writes:

When it came to problems associated with sleep, the NHL has had its wake-up call. The league, in accord with the NHL Players’ Association, instituted rules this past offseason related to getting enough rest as part of its new collective bargaining agreement. Among them: Players must receive at least four days off per month during the season. Previously, days off were at the coach’s discretion. Also, from the time a team’s plane lands after a flight, no practice can be started before at least nine hours has elapsed. The NHL and NHLPA formed a joint committee to study the use of Ambien by league players, and will make recommendations for monitoring and controls based on its findings by June 30.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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