MONTREAL - Playing in one of the NHL's most well known arenas, it seemed fitting that a pair of players with big-league experience led the way for the Binghamton Senators.
Nikita Filatov had a pair of goals and an assist and Mark Parrish added three assists to lead Binghamton to a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night at the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens.
Pat Cannone and Riley Armstrong also scored for the Senators (6-10-2). Alexander Avtsin and Dany Masse both scored on the power play for Hamilton (6-8-2).
Mike McKenna made 29 saves in the win while Nathan Lawson stopped 30 shots for the Bulldogs.
Filatov recently made waves with talk of once again potentially returning to Russia if he couldn?t be in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. He backed up his words with a strong game against Hamilton.
"You never would have thought that he was not a happy camper by what you saw tonight," said Binghamton head coach Kurt Kleinendorst. "You really saw Nikita at his very best and when he wants to play he???s an awfully good player. He showed that tonight."
The ice was still fresh when Filatov scored 44 seconds into the first period while on the power play. With Mike Blunden in the box, the dynamic winger wired one from the right faceoff circle just inside the crossbar.
Avtsin got the Bulldogs on the board at 8:37 while enjoying a man advantage of their own. The 20-year-old winger picked up the loose puck off a Louis Leblanc wraparound attempt and put it behind McKenna.
The power play would put the Senators ahead once again when Cannone sent a rebound past Lawson with just 24 seconds left in the frame.
Masse evened things up again at 15:07 of the second with a shot from the high slot to snap a 12-game goal-scoring drought.
Lawson ensured his team made it to the second intermission still tied, making a pair of key saves with less than four minutes to play in the period.
Filatov scored his second of the night ??? and the first even strength goal of the game ??? 1:40 into the third. Armstrong added the insurance marker at 11:56.
Hamilton had its chances in the rink its NHL affiliate calls home, including over a minute of a five-on-three in the first period, but just couldn???t capitalize.
"On one side it???s frustrating but on the other side you say, guys we've been working," said Bulldogs head coach Clement Jodoin. "We've been trying, we've been generating.
???I think overall we had a good power play and we had great, great, great scoring chances. We could have scored I don???t know how many goals ??? even five-on-five."
Many of those chances came from the line of Louis Leblanc, Phil DeSimone and Alexander Avtsin. The trio combined for 12 shots on goal and was Hamilton???s most dangerous over the 60 minutes.
"They've been very impressive," Jodoin said. "I was talking with some of the members of our organization right after the game and I mentioned that these three kids are enjoyable to watch. They're lively, they have energy and we see them on the ice.
"They're generating, they're competing, finishing their checks and in their opponent???s face. They???re doing some good, good things. They have a nice future ahead of them."
Notes: It was the second time in less than a week that the two teams played in an NHL building. The Bulldogs defeated the Senators 5-2 on Sunday at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. ??? An announced crowd of 8,472 was in attendance. ... Canadiens forwards (and recent Bulldogs) David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Aaron Palushaj, Andreas Engqvist (injured) and Ryan White (injured) and defenceman P.K. Subban watched the game from the press box.