ALBANY, NY — Both Reid Boucher and Joseph Blandisi lit the lamp during the Albany Devils, 2-1, win against the Binghamton Senators Wednesday at Times Union Center. The duo, which has split time between the NHL and AHL this season, continued their success with Albany. Boucher scored his 18th goal of the season and added an assist, giving him 31 points. Blandisi potted his eighth tally for his 22nd point.
Defenseman Damon Severson, who led NHL Devils defensemen with 21 points, also joined the pair on the recent transition from New Jersey to Albany. The three joined 10 other players with NHL experience in Albany’s lineup against Binghamton.
“All three of them, Severson, Blandisi, Boucher were at an NHL pace with how they moved the puck and how they skated,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “It’s good to see. they are excited to be here. Boucher looked real good, strong the puck, aside from the goal a ton of chances. Really the same way he played when he got called up. I think it’s contagious on the bench.”
Boucher started the scoring in the first when he poked the puck free at his own blue line and raced off on a shorthanded breakaway. Blandisi was buzzing around the ice all night, causing havoc in the offensive zone. His persistence near the net led to a second chance goal off a Boucher shot to stretch the Devils’ lead.