ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Devils allowed seven shots in the final two periods of regulation and mounted a comeback to knockoff the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday at the Times Union Center. The Devils erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and Dave Caruso made all four saves in the shootout. Albany is now 32-39-14 on the season, while Binghamton goes to 40-29-3-5.
“The defense did a great job; the young guys did a great job,” Caruso said. “We moved the puck well. The forwards really helped out. I remember [Chad] Wiseman had a great block at the end of the third. [Stephen] Gionta was blocking shots, [Rob] Davison was blocking shots; that just makes my job easier.”
The defensive corps playing in front of Caruso consisted of four rookies and a second-year player. Regardless, the team limited the Senators to three shots in the second, four in the third and three in overtime. In the end, the Senators left with 25 shots and their third straight loss.
“They all responded great today,” said rookie defenseman Dan Kelly when asked about the team’s blue liners. “Those guys have brought their A games lately and that’s what we need.”
“[Our defense] battled hard and the first period is when they had to be at their best,” said head coach Rick Kowalsky. “After that our forwards did a good job of putting pressure on them and alleviated the pressure on our D.”
The offense was provided by Darcy Zajac and Matt Anderson, who scored at 6:25 and 13:54 of the third period. It was Zajac’s fourth of the season and second this week and Anderson’s 22nd, which ranks second on the team.
In the shootout, Wiseman and rookie Ryan Ginand found the back of the net and Caruso did the rest as the session only lasted three-and-a-half rounds. The Devils are now 6-4 in the shootout.
Patrick Coulombe and Cody Bass scored for the Senators. Coulombe opened the scoring at 4:27 of the first, while Bass made it 2-0 at 2:07 of the third.
The Devils along with their fans paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces with “Military Appreciation Night.” The evening was geared around several events saluting members of the military old and new. Highlighting the night was a live video conference with local soldiers serving in Iraq thanks to the help of Time Warner Cable and YNN.
Next up, the Devils travel to Adirondack for the final contest in the Time Warner Cable Cup series. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. The outing can be heard on 104.5 FM “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at AHLLive.com