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Senators score goals 43 seconds apart to beat Bulldogs

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The Canadian Press
2/21/2014 10:17:20 PM
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MONTREAL - Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Buddy Robinson scored 43 seconds apart in the second period to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 4-1 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs in American Hockey League action Friday night at the Bell Centre.

Andre Petersson and Mike Hoffman also scored for Binghamton (33-15-4). Andrew Hammond made 31 saves.

Nick Tarnaksy was the lone scorer for the Bulldogs (22-24-5), while Dustin Tokarski stopped 17 shots.

With Hamilton leading 1-0 in the second period, the Senators got their equalizer at 15:00 when Pageau, who was left all alone in the slot, beat Tokarski above the glove into a gaping top corner.

Robinson put Binghamton ahead less than a minute later, slotting home his ninth of the year past a sprawling Bulldogs goaltender. Tokarksi tried to smother the puck after the initial shot, but it was poked away by Derek Grant onto Robinson's stick.

Tarnasky scored the opener at 4:18 of the second on a partial breakaway for his 11th of the season. The six-foot-two Bulldogs forward used defenceman Mike Sdao as a screen to fool Hammond with a shot between the legs.

There was little love lost between the teams to start the game.

Tarnasky and Binghamton's Darren Kramer set the tone before the encounter even got underway, exchanging words and a few slashes during the pre-game warm-up. Tarnasky and Kramer waited only seven minutes into the game to solve their differences, dropping the gloves to earn fighting majors.

Jarred Tinordi and the Senators' Mark Borowiecki also fought in a first period that saw 34 penalty-minutes doled out by the referees.

Petersson scored a goal on a great individual effort at 12:29 of the third period to seal the victory, and Hoffman added another in an empty net in the game's final two minutes.

Notes: The attendance at the Bell Centre was 8,771. a The Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate, are in first place in the East Division. The struggling Bulldogs have fallen to 13th in the Western Conference, and are eight points out of a playoff spot. a This was the second and last matchup of the season between Hamilton and Binghamton. Tinordi scored in overtime to lead the Bulldogs to victory over the Senators on Feb. 8.

Binghamton Senators (Photo: AHL)

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