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Bulldogs spoil Lehner's return to Binghamton net

Goaltender under fire from opening whistle in B-Sens' 5-2 setback at Bell Centre

Friday, 11.5.2010 / 10:21 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Bulldogs spoil Lehner\'s return to Binghamton net
MONTREAL — Robin Lehner didn't need much time to shake off the cobwebs.

In his first start in more than a month, the Binghamton Senators netminder was tested early and often in a 5-2 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs in their American Hockey League matchup Friday night, played before 13,267 at the Bell Centre.

Yannick Weber's goal with 7:32 to play snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the winner for North Division-leading Bulldogs (7-1-1-2), who sealed matters with a pair of empty-net goals by Andreas Engqvist and David Desharmais in the final minute.

That the B-Sens (4-4-1-1) were in the game was a testament to the play of Lehner, who was returned to Binghamton by the Ottawa Senators earlier this week after spending most of October with the big club as a backup to Brian Elliott while Pascal Leclaire was sidelined with a pulled groin.

Hamilton outshot the B-Sens 16-1 in the first period but only Mathieu Carle, at the 11:45 mark, was able to solve Lehner. Jim O'Brien pulled Binghamton even at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season 3:51 into the second period, but Ryan White restored the Bulldogs' lead three minutes later.

Andre Benoit, on the power play, squared matter for the B-Sens with his first of the season just 1:25 into the third period. But that was it for the Binghamton scoring on this night.

Hamilton finished with a 39-25 edge in shots on goal.

The two teams are slated to meet again Nov. 26 at Scotiabank Place.




STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44