|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."