Senators News: April 12; Ottawa 3, Philadelphia 1

-The Sens broke their losing streak last night, defeating the Flyers 3-1; Robin Lehner made 24 saves for the win, while Zack Smith (mini-breakaway), Colin Greening (mini-breakaway), and Daniel Alfredsson (empty-netter) scored the goals.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau earned his an assist in his first NHL goal (on Alfie‘s goal), every player’s TOI was in double digits, and Ottawa avoided a third period collapse.  Here’s the boxscoreRyan Classic breaks out some Corsi and Fenwick stats for his heroes of the night.

-Ottawa faces New Jersey (15-15-10) tonight; the Devils are lead by Patrik Elias (31 points) and backstopped by Martin Brodeur (10-6-7 2.31 .902).  Milan Michalek will play (no word who will sit, although hopes that it will be Matt Kassian seem forlorn; Nichols speculates it will be Guillaume Latendresse).

-Binghamton plays Albany (29-28-13) tonight; the Devils are lead by Joe Whitney (49 points) and backstopped by Keith Kinkaid (20-16-6 2.69 .906).

-While I think I Tweeted it at the time, I forgot to mention that Mark Borowiecki was named captain of the Binghamton Senators.  Borowiecki talked about the honour:

I was really grateful. It’s a huge honor. Only 60 guys in the NHL and AHL get to wear a C, so it’s pretty special and a big responsibility… I need to make the most of it. I just got to be myself. I think it’s my work ethic that got me there so I’m not going to change anything here. You don’t want to let it go to your head or anything. Obviously I got to step up a little bit more and get my game up to the next level.

There’s no doubt that Borowiecki is right that it’s his work ethic and dedication that are being rewarded.

-Elmira lost game three against Florida in their first round series; Louie Caporusso picked up an assist.

-A bit off topic, but Mark Spector writes a rant ostensibly about Edmonton Oilers management’s failure to surround its young talent with quality veterans (true), but it’s really just a long diatribe on Ales Hemsky.  I’m not going to say whether or not Hemsky is having a good year, but as by far the most productive veteran on the team he’s a very odd player to pick on.  When it comes to Spector, I always have to reference his bumbling lockout piece.  Sometimes when I come across these things I have to assume the journalist just wants more hits on his articles by being controversial.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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