ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils didn’t start the way they wanted in Sunday’s 4-1 win against the Binghamton Senators, but once they found their stride, they couldn’t be stopped. They scored four power-play goals with two in the second period and two more in the third.
• Power Performance
The Devils power play has been important all season. Entering the game, four of their eleven goals came with the man advantage. They doubled that total Sunday. Matt Lorito, Corey Tropp, Joseph Blandisi and Reid Boucher each scored with the extra skater.
The first power play for the Devils was sloppy as they failed to get set up and eventually took a too many men on the ice penalty to end the opportunity. Early in the second period the narrative changed after Zack Stortini took a match penalty for boarding Paul Thompson. Lorito converted on that power play.
“It started kind of scrambly, but we were able to bear down there in the second period once we got one they just seemed to keep going in,” Lorito said.
From there the Devils added three more power play goals to seal the win.
• Controlling Play 5-on-5
They Devils were able to keep shots against Yann Danis down and ended up outshooting the Senators 38-24. While neither team scored a goal 5-on-5, the Devils were continually able to be aggressive on the puck and create chances, draw penalties and control the game.
“When we did play 5-on-5, we did control play most of the time,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “After we capitalized on the power play, we settled into our game a little better and for the most part took over the game.”
• Danis Hits 400
Yann Danis made his second straight start and played his 400th career pro game, making 23 saves on 24 shots. Danis made several key saves during an early 5-on-3 penalty kill. His steady play kept the Devils in the game early and then helped close out the win.
“Any time you start a game like that with a bunch of penalties back and forth it takes the flow out of the game,” Kowalsky said.