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Karlsson and Zubov notch three points apiece as Sens down Bulldogs 5-3

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HAMILTON - Mattias Karlsson and Ilya Zubov each had a goal and two assists to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 5-3 AHL win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in front of 14,446 fans Sunday at the Bell Centre.

Denis Hamel, Danny Bois and Josh Hennessy also scored while Derek Smith had three assists for the Senators (11-8-4), who swept the home-and-home series with the Bulldogs (14-6-1) after winning 3-2 in Binghamton on Saturday night.

Binghamton's league-leading power play produced four of the five goals, with the lone even-strength marker coming five seconds after a power play ended.

Promising rookie defenceman Yannick Weber scored two of Hamilton's goals on blistering power-play point shots while fellow rookie Max Pacioretty added another.

The Swiss-born Weber and Pacioretty were two of the final cuts at Montreal Canadiens training camp this year, and Weber is seen as a future power-play specialist for the parent club.

Brian Elliott, who has played one game with Ottawa in the NHL, made 22 saves to down Hamilton for the second time in as many nights. Elliott has allowed only seven goals in his last four starts.

NHL veteran Marc Denis made 22 saves for the Bulldogs and took only his second loss in his last six starts. However, it was the sixth time in his last seven starts Denis has allowed at least three goals. He allowed that many only four times in his first 11 starts of the season.

The game's first five goals came on the power play, with Hamel getting things going for the Senators at 12:14 of the first when he tucked a wrist shot from the circle under the crossbar for his fourth of the year.

The Bulldogs came back early in the second when Weber scored his third of the year on a rocket one-timer from the point while on a two-man advantage at 1:24, and then struck again 68 seconds later with a snapshot into an open side to put Hamilton up 2-1.

Bois evened things up for the Senators, tipping home a Derek Smith point shot at 6:54 of the second for his fourth of the year, and Karlsson made it 3-2 Senators at 17:36 when he put a rebound off the end boards into an open side for his third of the season.

The first even-strength goal of the game was scored by Zubov at 0:36 of the third when his slapshot from the circle went inside the far post for his ninth of the year and a 4-2 Senators lead. The goal came only five seconds after a penalty to Bulldogs winger Mathieu Aubin came to an end.

Pacioretty reduced the deficit to 4-3 at 14:09 when he deked Sens defenceman Neil Petruic and beat Elliott on a backhand for his third of the year.

But Hennessy added the insurance goal on another power play at 15:23 of the third when he converted a perfect Karlsson feed for his fifth of the year.

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