INSIDE HOCKEY » Ottawa Senators Get Inside! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:49:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Senators @ Penguins (05/02/14) Sat, 03 May 2014 15:51:09 +0000

 Paced by a three-point night from Andrew Ebbett, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated the Binghamton Senators  5-1 in Game #4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and advanced to Round #2 of the Calder Cup playoffs.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 WBS Brian Dumoulin, #2 WBS Peter Mannino, #1 WBS Andrew Ebbett.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Penguins (04/30/14) Fri, 02 May 2014 00:45:19 +0000

  Game #3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals held in Wilkes Barre, PA on Wednesday 4/30/14 between the Binghamton Senators and WBS Penguins. At the 7:32 mark in overtime, the Penguins Chuck Kobasew found the back of the net giving the Penguins a 3 to 2 win over the Senators.  The Penguins lead the series 2games to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game”were #3 WBS Nick Drazenovic, #2 WBS Adam Payerl, #1 WBS Chuck Kobasew. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Penguins @ Senators (04/26/14) Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:45:15 +0000

  Saturday 04/26/14, Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Binghamton Senators and the WBS Penguins was held in Binghamton, New York. Senators Stephane Da Costa had 2 goals as the Senators defeated the Penguins in overtime 4 to 3. The “3 Stars of the Game” #3 WBS Mike Carman, #2 BNG Mark Stone, #1 BNG Stephane Da Costa. Pictures taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Penguins @ Senators (04/18/14) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:35:19 +0000

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  At Binghamton, New York, on Friday, April 18, 2014, the Binghamton Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a hat trick to help his team defeat the WBS Penguins by a score of 5 to 4.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Islanders (4/9/14) Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:19:31 +0000

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The visiting Ottawa Senators defeated the NY Islanders 4-1  in their final meeting of the season, and the Islanders final home game.

Ottawa Goaltender Craig Anderson saw 46-shots on the night, saving 45, and allowing just one-goal.  His teammate, Senators Captain Jason Spezza provided the offense they needed to win, scoring two-goals and assisting on Matt Kassian’s empty-net-goal in the final seconds of the Third period.

The NY Islanders team  were extremely competitive throughout the game, throwing shots on net, screening Anderson all game and out-hitting the Senators 27-8.   Goaltender Anders Nilsson looked strong for much of the game, and came up with a few spectacular saves, making 28-saves on 31-shots.  Frans Nielsen scored the lone Islander goal, a backhand shot under a diving Craig Anderson at 0.22 seconds into the Third Period.  At that point Nielsen’s goal tied the game 1-1, before the Senators broke out, scoring three-unanswered goals to close out the game.

Three Stars of the Game

1) Jason Spezza
2) Ales Hemsky
3) Frans Nielsen

Winning Goalie:
Craig Anderson

Losing Goalie:
Anders Nilsson

Notes: Islanders lost Cal Clutterbuck mid-way through the game on Tuesday, he left with an upper body injury.

The NY Islanders were without Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body), John Tavares (knee), Michael Grabner (upper body), Brian Strait (hand), Kyle Okposo (lower body) and Calvin deHaan (lower body).

The Senators were without Bobby Ryan (sports hernia), Colin Greening (lower body) and Jared Cowen (lower body).

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Isles Drop Home Finale to Sens 4-1 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:33:53 +0000


The New York Islanders closed out their home schedule with a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum. Jason Spezza scored twice for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 45 saves to earn the victory. Frans Nielsen scored the only goal for the Islanders.

“I thought our kids battled, but the more skilled team won the game tonight,” Isles coach Jack Capuano said. “They are a skilled team and they caught our defense flat-footed on a couple of their goals.”

The first period started off with some physical play. Rookie Brett Gallant made his mark during his NHL debut, dropping the gloves with Matt Kassian of Ottawa midway through the first period and knocking the Senators’ winger to the ice with a hard right hand. The two players tried to fight a little earlier in the period but the linesmen stepped in and prevented the two from throwing punches. They were each assessed minors for unsportsmanlike conduct. When they came out of the penalty box, they dropped the gloves again and managed to complete the fight.

After a scoreless first period, Spezza got Ottawa on the board first when he scored on the power play at 12:45 of the second stanza. Chris Neil was in front of Anders Nilsson to screen the Isles netminder.

Nilsson made several impressive saves in the game, especially in the first two periods. He stopped a pair of odd-man rushes and a golden scoring chance by Kyle Turris with a fast glove.

The Isles evened the game 22 seconds into the third period when Nielsen backhanded home the rebound of a shot by Kevin Czuczman in the slot.

The game stayed tied until Spezza struck again with 7:15 left in the third period on a goal that was confirmed after a replay review. At first, play continued and the officials did not stop the game but the War Room in Toronto confirmed that Spezza’s shot went into the net and the Senators led 2-1.

Ales Hemsky gave Ottawa a two-goal lead at 14:26 of the third period on a goal Nilsson would like to have back. Kassian added an empty net goal in the final seconds of the game to make the final score 4-1 Senators.

The Isles finished the season with a disappointing 13-19-9 record at home. They are presently 18-18-2 on the road with three games remaining on the schedule.

The season continues Thursday night when the Isles travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens.


Denis Potvin received a warm ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the videoboard. Potvin currently does color for the Senators TV broadcasts.

Official attendance was 12, 922

The Islanders lost Cal Clutterbuck to an upper-body injury in the first period. He did not return.

The Isles outhit the Sens 27-8. Colin McDonald led the team with seven hits.



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Photo Gallery: Admirals @ Senators (04/05/14) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:18:35 +0000

At Binghamton, New York on 04/05/14, Norfolk Admirals Emerson Etem had a hat trick to help his team defeat the Binghamton Senators by a score of 6 to 3. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 BNG Chris Wideman, #2 NOR Steve Eminger, #1 NOR Emerson Etem.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Rangers Fall to Senators, Fail to Clinch Playoff Berth Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:16:35 +0000

The New York Rangers had the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot Saturday night at Madison Square Garden with a win against the struggling Ottawa Senators. The Senators were playing their second game in as many days and were coming off a deflating loss to the Montreal Canadiens. But Robin Lehner was starting in goal, and he came to play. Lehner stopped 41 shots and helped his team to a 3-2 victory over the Blueshirts.

The Senators play in the first period is what gave them the edge over the Rangers. With Lehner between the pipes, seeing the puck well and stonewalling every Ranger attempt, the Ottawa Senators started to gain some opportunities on offense. They got on the board midway through the first period with a rush up the ice by Chris Phillips and a nice, quick passing sequence that opened up some space for Mark Stone. Phillips gained the zone and slid a pass to Clarke MacArthur who saw Stone streaking toward the crease. Stone quickly gathered the puck and fired a wrist shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist glove slide.

After helping his team kill off a crosschecking penalty and stopping Rick Nash on a breakaway, Lehner was given some breathing room as the Senators responded to the Blueshirts’ pressure by adding another goal to their lead. With a little more than three minutes left to play in the first, Zack Smith won the faceoff back to Mika Zibanejad who maneuvered around the Rangers’ defense and ripped a shot that ricocheted off Lundqvist’s chest and in.

Although down two, the Rangers had plenty of time to stage a comeback; the team just had to figure out a way to put the puck past Lehner. Mats Zuccarello was the only Ranger to do so, scoring both of the team’s goals on deflections in the second period. Lenher was seeing the puck well and his defense had a tendency to collapse inward, making it hard for the Rangers to find an open lane and get second and third chances. Zuccarello’s quick hands and fearlessness enabled him to give the Rangers some hope and numbers on the scoreboard. Five minutes into the second period, John Moore fired a shot from the top of the blue line. Zuccarello was standing near the top of the crease and lifted his stick up to redirect the shot toward Lehner. The deflection fooled the goaltender and found its way to the back of the net. Zuccarello’s second goal came after a similar scenario occurred on Marc Staal’s shot.

The first goal gave the Rangers some life and reignited the hopes of clinching a playoff spot on home ice, but the Ottawa Senators sent another blow to the Rangers on a goal that left Lundqvist incensed. Erik Karlsson who is known as much for his offensive prowess as he is his defense, took a shot from the top of the blue line. Unable to stop it cleanly, Lundqvist left a rebound that Senators Captain Jason Spezza took a swipe at. Lundqvist again stopped the shot and had the puck underneath his pads, but Spezza continued to jab at it until it trickled in. Lundqvist, visibly upset about the whistle not being blown, believed he had control of the puck.

Lundqvist said postgame that he tried to stay still because he knew the puck was underneath him, but he was pushed by his opponents, which led to the puck going into the net. He gave Ottawa credit for how good the team is around the net and how they are able to create offensive opportunities, but he was still unhappy about the way the third goal was scored.

Throughout the remainder of the second and the third period, the Rangers continued to push, especially after Zuccarello’s second goal, but Lehner stayed solid between the pipes. It wasn’t just Lehner’s stellar play that helped his team hold off the Rangers. Karlsson and his defensive abilities got the Senators out of a few jams and odd-man rushes. His speed and stick helped thwart Rangers power forward Rick Nash from getting on the board while his offensive skills set up the game winner. He was all over the ice, joining the rushes and hustling back on defense. He played a hard-fought and well-rounded game.

As tensions rose between the two teams, so did the physical play. The game started to turn nasty in the second period. Hard hits were thrown, gasps were heard throughout the audience and players felt the sting of slamming into the boards. The nastiest hit of the night was bestowed upon Staal by Senators enforcer Chris Neil. With less than three minutes to play in the game, Neil slammed Staal with a questionable body check along the boards that sent him to the floor and led to an on-ice brawl. Staal went after Neil, while Smith got tangled up with Zuccarello. Neil threw Staal to the ground as the rest of the guys continued to poke, push and yell at one another. After they were all pulled apart, the Ottawa Senators came away with a power play, and the Rangers hopes of tying the game diminished.

“It’s a brutal call,” said Lundqvist. “I definitely think it’s a late hit.”

Zuccarello agreed, saying “I think it’s a dirty hit, it’s a blindside hit and a little late,”

Neil wasn’t penalized for the hit and the game ended with Ottawa as the victor.

“Our guys tried hard and couldn’t get it done,” stated Alain Vigneault. “Our execution from defense to offense was average.” His team will have to find a way to be better on home ice as the Rangers are 18-17-4 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers look to bounce back with a good home performance against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Crunch (3/29/14) Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:46:52 +0000

Syracuse Crunch had more than one chance to take the win. The team lost in the shoot-out 4-3  Kristers Gudlevskis had a great night with 25 saves. The Crunch took advantage of the power plays and scored two goals.  #37 Darren Kramer from the Senators and #82 Luke Witkowski of the Crunch got into a bloody disagreement. Krammer lost the debate with a bloody face had to leave the rink.

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Sens Snap Skid Over Rival Admirals Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:00:08 +0000

BINGHAMTON – It’s been almost a month since the Binghamton Senators were last victorious, but the Sens finally snapped a six game skid, beating the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 Friday night in front of 3409 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. With the win, and a win by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the playoff picture shifts with the Pens leading the division and the Senators and Admirals trailing by a point and two, respectively (74, 73, 72).

“It’s better to end the losing streak with a hard fought game,” Senators captain Mark Borowiecki said.

This game was exactly that.

One constant for Binghamton (34-20-1-4, 73 points, 2nd East) has been the start. Despite playing a slower tempo game, Binghamton was able to use their skill and crack through at the 6:19 mark, as David Dziurzynski came in on the right side and rebounded Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s shot from the left point past Brad Theissen and into an open net to make it 1-0 Sens. It was Dziurzynski’s seventh goal of the year, with Cole Schneider getting the secondary assist.

The Sens were able to make it 2-0 at the 14:28 mark, but not without a bit of controversy. The Sens had appeared to score just seconds earlier, but the goal was disallowed. Stephane Da Costa ended up finding the back of the net for real and was credited with his 15th goal of the year. Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman received helpers.

To Sens fans dismay, the second period started with a bang. Just 13 seconds in, Norfolk’s (32-20-1-7, 72 points) Devonte Smith-Pelly scored his team leading 22nd goal of the year to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Garnet Exelby and Jsse Blacker assisted on the shocker.

But Binghamton did something they haven’t in a while, clinging to the one goal lead (they dropped a 4 goal lead last Saturday and a 2 goal lead the next day.)

Andrew Hammond stepped up big and the Sens defense was able to keep the ice tilted in their favor. Pageau scored an empty netter, his 13th at 18:52 of the third to seal the Sens first win of March.

Binghamton remains at home to take on the Rochester Americans in the first of an impromptu home-and-home (after a postponement last Wednesday) Saturday, while Norfolk makes the short trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night.


For Andre Petersson, it was a quiet homecoming. The forward played his entire AHL career in Binghamton before a deadline deal sent him to the division rival Admirals.

“He did a great job for us,” head coach Luke Richardson said. “It’s always sad to see a player go…We thanked him for all of his efforts this year and wished him well. Sometimes new life on a new team is good for a player. It looks like he’s off to a good start.”

Meanwhile, Alex Grant played his former team for the first time Friday.

“Those are nice ones to win,” Grant said of playing his old team. He said he gave the Sens a few pointers:

“Nothing serious. Just little pointers I thought could help the team. Any little tip is always good. I’m sure Petersson did the same thing.”


Mark Borowiecki is the heart and soul of this Senators team. To the point, Borowiecki hadn’t played since the last time the Sens won! Boro’s game was felt immediately:

“Nice to get back on track,” he said.

“People who know a thing or two about the game probably appreciate a defensive defenseman a little more than bloggers or tweeters…

“…That’s the little things that help the team win.”

If Borowiecki reads this article, we appreciate the defensive defensemen here at Inside Hockey.

But it wasn’t without difficulty. Aside from the physical pain, it was rough mentally on Borowiecki:

“No one wants to sit out, especially since it’s a critical time of the year. It’s tough to not have a little bit of control in the outcome of the games,” Borowiecki said.

“It sucks coming down [to the locker room] too. The guys are down in the dumps and you weren’t really out there with them.”


One question that remains to be answered is: What happened to Tyler Eckford? Eckford last played on February 22nd. He had played 32  games, registering 4 assists, a +7, and just 15 PIMS. the defender and British Columbia native is in the second year of a two year contract. For the past week, Eckford’s furnished apartment has sat vacant, with the china neatly stacked on the dining room table. There is no trace of his residence at the apartment, and he was not seen on the ice or off tonight. Eckford was scratched, and a team official said he is out for undisclosed reasons. Coach Luke Richardson clarified postgame that it is not injury related and he is not skating with the team. While it is not officially known, it is unlikely that Eckford will wear a Senators jersey again. Upon checking the rosters of ECHL teams and other AHL teams, he does not appear on another team’s roster. Inside Hockey will continue to follow the story for developments.


3. Mark Borowiecki (BIN)

2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (BIN) G, A

1. Andrew Hammond (BIN) W, 30 SV

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