The Binghamton Senators clinched their first ever Calder Cup title with a 3-2 win last night in Houston. Facing elimination in three consecutive overtime games in round one, the Baby Sens battled to win all three games and advance to round two. Included in that run was a game six win on the road, in which Robin Lehner stopped a penalty shot in double overtime, stopping 51 of 52 shots in total. Since Lehner came in, Binghamton did not lose back to back games, won five in a row on two separate occasions and another three game winning run.
Lehner is only the fourth teenage goaltender to win the Calder Cup, after Carey Price in 2007, Patrick Roy in 1985 and Gordie Bell in 1943.
Here are today's links:
General Sens News
- Recap of last night's series clinching win. (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
- Here are some pictures from the Calder Cup win, including Robin Lehner celebrating! (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
- Daniel Alfredsson ended up opting for a surgery to correct a nerve problem in his back. He will have the procedure on Friday. I trust the locals among you will comfort him at the hospital. (Ottawa Citizen)
- Has Eugene Melnyk put Bryan Murray in an awkward position? If he hires Dave Cameron, the optics may seem as if he did it because Melnyk told him to. If he doesn't hire Cameron, how does Melnyk react to that? (Ottawa Sun)
- Hockey Prospectus now has a report on their top five prospects. They rate Ryan Strome at #3, who is likely to be available when the Senators pick. (Hockey Prospectus)
More after the jump.
General Hockey News
- In a ridiculous move by the NHL, when deciding on the Aaron Rome suspension, they consulted Brian Burke, a former NHL disciplinarian. He was however, also a former general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. He of course fell out with the Canucks since he become the general manager in Toronto. (Globe and Mail)
- The new Winnipeg NHL club will announce Kevin Cheveldayoff as its new general manager later today. (TSN)
- The Flyers acquired the rights to sign Ilya Bryzgalov before he becomes a free agent on July 1. (Yahoo!)