In Rinkside Rewind the New Jersey Devils snapped an eleven game road losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Former Albany River Rats Brian Rolston (3), Patrik Elias (10) and Travis Zajac (7) all had goals and Ilya Kovalchuk picked up two as well. Zajac, Rolston and Colin White were all former Rats that had assists as well.
Albany Devils defenseman Matt Corrente was involved in a scrap as well.
A couple of former Albany River Rats connected to put the Thrashers on the board first in Atlanta. Andrew Ladd netted his 15th goal of the season from Niclas Bergfors to put Atlanta up on Philadelphia 1-0. Bergfors would add another helper on the night, but the Flyers routed Atlanta with three third period goals by a count of 5-2.
Up in Ottawa, former Albany River Rats defenseman Anton Babchuk recorded two assists as the Calgary Flames edged the Senators 3-2.
Around the “A”
Three goals and three wins in a row for the Albany Devils. A hard fought contest ended fittingly enough with a goal off the stick of Louis Robitaille. The 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators also enables the Albany Devils to move up in the Empire State Cup standings.
Albany opened the scoring in the first when Jacob Josefson deflected a shot from Adam Henrique past the B-Sens keeper Mike Brodeur and was credited with his first goal of the season.
Not a minute into the second, Bingo squared things away as Erik Condra roofed the puck over goalie Mike McKenna’s left shoulder. Shortly thereafter the B-Sens jumped in front on a power-play goal by Derek Smith that beat McKenna glove side for the 2-1 advantage.
Then to bookend the period, Devils AHL All-Star Matt Anderson on the doorstep pounced on a loose puck off the stick of Henrique to tie the game at 2-2. The power-play tally for Anderson is number 14 on the season.
Finally in the third after getting smacked across the face on what should have been a blatant penalty, Louis Robitaille picked up the puck after it took a funny hop off the boards and slinged it into the Senators net and giving the Devils a lead they would never relinquish. The goal was Robitaille’s second and second winner of the year, the first coming in a 2-0 win in an Empire State Cup battle at Rochester.
Albany improves to 16-20-0-3 (35 points).
A wild game in Manchester saw the Charlotte Checkers top the Monarchs 6-5 in a shootout. Lots of scoring from former Albany River Rats. Zac Dalpe just sent back to Charlotte, scored his 13th while shorthanded. Cedric McNicoll notched his first two goals of the year. Brett Bellemore posted his first of the year as well. Former Adirondack Phantom Jon Matsumoto picked up his eleventh as well. Drayson Bowman, Matsumoto and Chris Terry scored the Checkers shootout goals and Mike Murphy in addition to his 35 save night, turned away each Monarchs shooter he faced.
Former Albany River Rats forward Mike Angelidis registered his 13th goal of the year on the power-play as the Norfolk Admirals skated to a 5-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Former Rats and Phantoms netminder John Grahame stopped 31 of 32 shots as the Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Rochester Americans 3-1.
A couple of former Rats factored into the scoring in Springfield. Ben Guite assisted on the Falcons lone goal and Dan DaSilva scored his seventh in a three goal third for the Sharks as Worcester held on for a 3-1 win.
The Adirondack Phantoms were blanked by the Hershey Bears 3-0.
Finally the Peoria Rivermen might just make Bryan Helmer an Eddie Shore award winner out of Bryan Helmer yet. Helmer the ex-Rats defenseman posted his third goal of the season and added two helpers in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 win.