Binghamton, NY - Normally after a Friday night game a recap would follow, but my schedule would say otherwise and call for my real-life job which limits on any post-game posts and anything related to Twitter. However, after what is taking place for the Devils, I have found another notch while it is currently 1:30 am at the start of this piece.
This has been the best stretch of hockey in a long time that is beyond the two years plus of the Devils’ existence in Binghamton. This dates back to the BSens era going way back to the Calder Cup run in 2011. This has been a constant reminder of why consistent play will work its way for the better that was lacking earlier this season. This team believes they can overcome anything.
More importantly? This team knows how to win.
For a change, there was no crawling back from another two-goal deficit. The lead was theirs after 40 minutes in the books. Sure some calls would normally fall out of favor like the past, but lately, the BDevils have the hockey Gods in their corner that has resulted in a few breaks. Two goals were called off after both were reviewed in Friday’s contest in a favorable fashion for the Devils.
Goaltender Gilles Senn continues his road of development in one of the best showings of the season. He finished up with Star of the Game honors in what has been an eye-opening season for the rookie. Joey Anderson scored once again fresh off his All-Star appearance in California and hasn’t missed a beat. And Egor Sharangovich with a wicked snipe that beat a really good goaltender in Dan Vladar, who entered the game with a sparkling 1.94 GAA, 0.932 SV% for the Bruins.
I cannot go on without a mention of the atmosphere surrounding The Floyd on Friday. This was one of those nights that go in the memory bank. It was special as the ole barn was jumping.
The theme was the movie Slap Shot, an iconic film dated back during the mid-’70s. A handful of players on the Broome County Dusters participated in the movie that forever rocked this community. This was long overdue and set the tone with throwback jerseys that represented the Broome County Blades.
I’m hearing Saturday night’s game is close to a sellout. Winning cures all ails as fans are starting to return in showing their support. And they should because something is happening and now taking place on 1 Stuart Place in downtown Binghamton.
Line-Up, Game #44
Boqvist - Maltsev - Anderson, Seney - Sharangovich - Merkley, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Gignac - Schnarr - Zetterlund
White/Tennyson, Mermis/Jacobs, Melchiori/Cumiskey
Senn - Schneider
Scratches: Paliotta, Studenic, Groleau, Schmelzer, Conner
Your Three Stars
#1. Gilles Senn (25 saves), #2. Joey Anderson (1g), #3. Egor Sharangovich (1g)