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Sens win 7th straight, take over first place

Jason Spezza scored twice and Josh Langfeld had a goal and two assists as Binghamton held on for a 4-3 win over St. John’s on Saturday night. The game was played in front of 14,210 fans at the Corel Centre in Ottawa.

The win was the seventh in a row for the Senators, who moved past Philadelphia and into first place in the AHL’s East Division.

Spezza, the league’s leading scorer, has 16 points on his current seven-game scoring streak, and 35 points in his last 20 contests.

Kyle Wellwood and Matt Stajan scored late in the third period to cut into the Maple Leafs’ three-goal deficit, but Binghamton held on. Wellwood recorded a goal and two assists for the game.

Ray Emery made 25 saves to earn the win for the Sens.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Maxime Ouellet stopped 38 shots as Portland beat Worcester, 3-1… Shane Willis scored with 1:59 left in regulation to give Springfield a 2-1 win over visiting Providence… Ryan Whitney picked up a goal and an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton beat Bridgeport, 3-1, as the Sound Tigers’ road winless streak hit 13 games (0-11-1-1)… Dustin Brown and Mike Cammalleri were among four players to record a goal and an assist each as Manchester beat Albany, 6-2… Joe Motzko scored the deciding goal in Syracuse’s 2-1 shootout win over Syracuse… Zenon Konopka tallied a goal and two assists, leading Cincinnati to a 6-1 rout of Chicago… Jed Ortmeyer‘s hat trick led Hartford back from three goals down and to a 6-4 win over Lowell, ending the Lock Monsters’ seven-game winning streak… Yann Danis made 37 saves as Hamilton posted a 4-3 shootout win over Milwaukee… Doug Murray had a goal and two assists to lead Cleveland over Utah, 4-1… The Philadelphia-Hershey and Grand Rapids-Houston games were postponed due to inclement weather.