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B-Sens fall in one-shot duel

Hamilton grabs 1-0 win as goalies steal show at Scotiabank Place

Sunday, 08.11.2009 / 6:44 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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B-Sens fall in one-shot duel
Despite coming out on the wrong end of a 1-0 score, Mike Brodeur of the Binghamton Senators enjoyed being a part of a goaltender's duel with his Hamilton Bulldogs counterpart Cedrick Desjardins in their AHL matchup on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place (Just Sports Photography).
As the clock wound down on an almost spring-like Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place, it became more apparent this would be a one-shot deal.

Unfortunately for the Binghamton Senators, the difference maker didn't end up being theirs.

Sergei Kostitsyn's goal 8:48 into the third period ended a scoreless duel and gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 1-0 victory over the B-Sens before 4,588 in the home rink of the parent Ottawa Senators.

The result left Binghamton with a split of their home-and-home series with the Bulldogs in National Hockey League buildings. Friday night, the B-Sens prevailed 2-1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Not that Binghamton didn't have its chances to pull this one out, too. During a 5-on-3 power play just before Kostitsyn scored, the B-Sens had a puck roll right along the goal line.

With 15 seconds to go, Ryan Keller had a wide-open chance for a tie, but Binghamton's top goal scorer was denied from the slot by the glove hand of Bulldogs netminder Cedrick Desjardins.

"The puck hops out like that and it’s rolling a bit," said Keller afterward. "I’d like to maybe put it up a little higher, but probably more than half of those go in. It’s one of those things where (Desjardins) makes a good save and you’ve got to hand it to him."

Desjardins turned aside 31 shots for the shutout, while Brodeur 4-3-0 stopped 33-of-34 shots he faced. The Binghamton netminder, who's allowed only two goals in his last three starts -- including a 2-0 blanking of the Albany River Rats on Wednesday night -- savoured every second of the tense duel.

"That’s why we play this game," he said. "Those tight games make the adrenalin go and make you happy and make you want to play the game.

"The decision wasn’t what we wanted but you have to tip your hat every once in a while. (Desjardins) played well."

Including the 5-on-3 in the third, the B-Sens went 0-for-6 on the power play. Binghamton head coach Don Nachbaur said it's been an area of concern for most of the season and one that needs to change for his 5-6-2 team to enjoy more success.

"The puck hops out like that and it’s rolling a bit. I’d like to maybe put it up a little higher, but probably more than half of those go in. It’s one of those things where (Desjardins) makes a good save and you’ve got to hand it to him." - Ryan Keller
"Our power play … we’re better than that," said Nachbaur. "We’ve got better personnel than that. But you have to make it tough around their goalie and you have to make it tough for their goalie to see pucks. You have to get bodies to loose pucks and pick up loose pucks, and that’s an area we’re not great at.

"If we’re going to have success, we’re going to have find more ways to get bodies on those loose pucks."

The opportunity to put their talent on display before the fans and Senators management at Scotiabank Place sat well with the B-Sens players, who enjoyed the NHL-level amenities they received during their brief stay.

"You come into a facility like this and you feel like an NHLer," said Keller. "Nothing against Binghamton, but it’s a little different. It’s the glitz and glamour and just being treated a little different. It’s nice to have that for a day.

"It’s everyone’s goal to play in the NHL but even from (training) camp, you get a taste of how things work here and it does nothing but fuel the fire to get back up here."

Added Brodeur: "It’s fantastic. The (Senators) treat us top notch and we get everything we need. They treat us like family."




1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02