Senators knocked out of playoffs, 3-0
April 16, 2004
Posted by: Bob Howard
|April 16, 2004 - Binghamton Senators
Michael Leighton turned aside 18 shots
in leading the Norfolk Admirals to a 3-0 win Friday night
over the Binghamton Senators in front of 3,494 fans at the
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to sweep the best-of 3
East Division qualifying series two games to none.
For Leighton, it was his third consecutive shutout of the
Sens in eight days on Arena ice spanning back to closing
weekend of the regular season. He has not surrendered a goal
in Binghamton in the last 202:28 dating to back to a second
period marker by Chris Kelly in a 6-3 Sens win January 17th.
|Ray Emery took the loss in
both 3-0 losses to the Admirals.
The blanking marks the Admirals fifth win via shutout in
eight all-time visits to Binghamton.
gave Leighton all of the offense he would need just thirteen
seconds into the game.
The Sens won the opening draw,
but were subsequently whistled for icing nine seconds in
with the ensuing faceoff to the right of Ray Emery (30
Ajay Baines won the draw and it was relayed
back to point man Aitken. His low drive through a screen
beat Emery for an ominous marker as the club that has scored
first in each of the 14 all-time meetings went on to
Friday would not see that trend come to a
halt and the grip around the Sens neck was tightened with
Yorick Treilles rebound goal at 18:57 to put the Admirals in
command 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
Binghamton managed a franchise playoff low two shots on goal
in the opening frame.
The Sens came out of the break
with energy that wasnt evident in the first twenty minutes,
but the offensive chances continued to be few and far
between and the eight second period shots Binghamton put on
goal were handled flawlessly by Leighton.
scoreless middle frame, Treille delivered the clinching blow
5:58 into the third period as he gathered in a deflected
puck just outside the Sens blue line and unleashed a rocket
that beat Emery high on the glove side for the games final
The series sweep sends the Admirals onto the
East Division semifinals and a date with division champion
Philadelphia in a series that will begin Wednesday night at
Wachovia Center, the home of the Flyers.
8-6 run through last years playoffs and a trip to the
Eastern Conference semifinals, the two losses this spring
levels the franchises all-time mark at 8-8 in post season
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