Overtime is old hat to former Binghamton stars

Call it coincidence, but the history might seem just a little scary to the New York Rangers right about now.

A year ago at this time, the Binghamton Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit in their opening round American Hockey League series to defeat the Manchester Monarchs in seven games. All four victories came in overtime and from there, Binghamton went on to win three more series to capture the Calder Cup.

Now, the current Ottawa Senators crew — with seven of those Binghamton grads in the lineup – have now won both games in their opening round series against the Rangers in overtime.

“Well, that is the way it happened (last year) and we’ll see how the rest of this series goes,” said Jim O’Brien, who played a pivotal role in Binghamton’s long playoff run and was instrumental in Wednesday’s victory, setting up Kyle Turris for the game winner.

“A lot of the guys were down in Binghamton last year and it was just a great experience for all of us. I think we all learned so much, going through the playoffs and having those overtime games and being up and down in series.”




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