Desjardins, Cedrick

AHL Game Night: 11/10/10 Admirals at Devils

The machine keeps rolling.

NOR-6
ALB-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. Gotta love six goals of support.

First Period
NOR Jones, (5) (Pouliot, Harju), 6:23
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Wishart, Roy), 16:45 (PP)
NOR Giliati, (1) (Angelidis, Gudas), 17:25
NOR Wright, (4) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 18:20
ALB Anderson, (4) (Urbom, Zharkov), 19:10

Second Period
ALB Palmieri, (3) (Urbom, Sestito), 3:13
ALB Anderson, (5) (Fayne, Zharkov), 15:42
NOR Harju, (7) (Roy, Wishart), 18:14 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (4) (Wright, Barberio), 9:41

James Wright and Matt Fornataro were the game's first and third stars. Norfolk's 51 goals scored so far this season is currently tied for third behind Portland and Oklahoma City. Marc-Antoine Pouliot is tied for fourth in the league with 18 points with, among others, Oklahoma City's Linus Omark. He's also third in the league in helpers. Johan Harju is tied for eighth in the league in scoring with 16 points. Harju's 7 goals also ties him for ninth in the league in that category. Ty Wishart and Mathieu Roy are tied for seventh in the league in points among defensemen with 10 a piece.

Bottom line, they're good.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/5/10 Admirals at Checkers

The Entertainer rebounds.

NOR-3
CHA-2 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins, "The Entertainer", allowed 2 goals on 28 shots and then blanked Charlotte on five attempts for the shootout victory.

First Period
CHA Bowman, (1) , 1:19
NOR Pouliot, (4) (Simek, Harju), 19:29

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Harju, (6) , 2:58
CHA Nash, (2) (Osala, Samson), 11:15 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Pouliot
CHA- None

Desjardins was the game's third star. The line of Harju/Pouliot/Simek continues to stake its claim to being the best in the AHL. Simek has 3-4-7 in 10 games, Harju has 6-8-14, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot has a gaudy 4-13-17. Pouliot is tied for second in the league in scoring while Harju sits tied for eighth.

Norfolk jumps back into second place in the East Division, four points shy of the Penguins. Charlotte travels to Scope tomorrow night for the back end of the home-and-home set.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10/29/10 Pirates at Admirals

Wishart gave me free chicken wings.

POR-6
NOR-5 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 29 shots in regulation and overtime before allowing two of five shooters to convert for the shootout loss. He was not good tonight. Lightning fans looking to Cedrick the Entertainer as the answer to the Lightning's goaltending problems probably shouldn't be getting their hopes up. He's very athletic but he also strays off his angle too much. What saved him tonight was the fact Portland's netminder, Leggio, was worse than he was. Norfolk's fifth, free chicken wing awarding, goal was horrificly soft.

First Period
POR Mancari, (6) (Adam, Ellis), 1:40
POR Gragnani, (1) (Stuart, Parrish), 8:49
NOR Wright, (2) (Fornataro), 11:15
NOR Simek, (1) (Pouliot, Milam), 14:22

Second Period
POR Gragnani, (2) (Byron, Adam), 1:30 (PP)
NOR Simek, (2) (Pouliot, Harju), 2:02
NOR Pouliot, (3) (Harju, Fornataro), 4:07 (PP)
POR Schiestel, (1) (Persson, Lagace), 10:27

Third Period
NOR Wishart, (4), (unassisted) 11:12
POR Adam, (6) (Mancari, Ellis), 14:43

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
POR- Parrish, Whitmore
NOR- Simek

Juraj Simek and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's second and third stars. Best player on the ice, in my opinion, was Portland's Marc-Andre Gragnani. He was fantastic in the offensive third and would be damned good in Guy Boucher's system, hint-hint, Steve Yzerman.

I knew we'd score some goal's when Portland's starting goaltender swallowed down the wrong pipe while taking a swig from his water bottle during pre-game warm ups and almost puked right in front of their bench.

Juraj Simek is so money in shootouts everyone in the building knew he was going to score. Loudest ovation of the night was when he was announced to shoot. He's got a Euro-twins power thing working with Harju, too. Paul Szczechura was probably the best Admiral tonight, although it didn't end up in the scoresheet. One word to describe Johan Harju: smooth. Everything about his game is smooth. The puck does not stay on his stick long, whether he's passing it or shooting it, and his decisions are usually pretty good, and he moves with a very effortless stride. He looks like he could stand to gain ten pounds of muscle, but he drips hockey sense.

Overall, the biggest thing the Admirals need to clean up tomorrow night in the rematch against Portland is their play within five feet of their own blueline. Both teams struggled in that department, but Norfolk was particularly poor at getting pucks out and routinely were turning it over right at their own blueline, which is what teams with a deathwish do. They need to clean that up, and they'll get used to switching Jackson out for Vernace as time goes by.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 10/24/10 Admirals at Sharks

Tommy Wingels spoils Norfolk's comeback.

NOR-3
WOR-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Harju, (3) (Pouliot, Barberio), 17:41
WOR Ferriero, (5) (Cheechoo, Irwin), 19:47

Second Period
WOR Desjardins, (1) (Ferriero), 0:50 (SH)
WOR Marcou, (3) (Braun, Ferriero), 12:10 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Harju, (4) (Jones, Wright), 3:54
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Szczechura, Wright), 4:30
WOR Wingels, (1) , 14:24

Johan Harju was named the game's third star. They outshot the Sharks 33-30, but were 0-for-7 on the power play and allowed a shorthanded and power play goal to the Sharks, so special teams were the difference.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10/22/10 Admirals at Crunch

Norfolk's offense gets Pielmeier-ed.

NOR-1
SYR-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Deschamps, (2) (Palmieri, Festerling), 10:33 (PP)
SYR Sbisa, (1) (Festerling, Green), 12:16 (PP)
NOR Pouliot, (2) (Roy, Jones), 14:06

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Deschamps, (3) (Bonino, Sbisa), 8:25 (PP)

Norfolk actually outshot Syracuse 38-18 but ex-Sharks pick Timo Pielmeier's goaltending and a couple of power play goals by Syracuse handed the Admirals their first loss.

Norfolk rolls into Albany tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.

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