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  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Sunday. Sunday. Sunday!


    Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for his 9th consecutive victory, besting tandem mate Dustin Tokarski's previous Admirals record of 8 set just a couple of weeks ago. He now has raised his save percentage to .906, which matches Tokarski's AHL save percentage, and his 17 wins ties him with several others for a spot in the AHL's top-20 in that statistical category.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (32) (Smith, Labrie), 7:07
    NOR Cote, (2) (Devos), 8:59
    CHA Boychuk, (15) (Terry, Sanguinetti), 13:42 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Dimmen, (3) (Ouellet, Gudas), 1:55
    NOR Johnson, (26) (Oberg), 6:26
    NOR Palat, (6) (Johnson), 7:35
    NOR Hutchings, (1) (Palat, Oberg), 15:02 (PP)
    NOR Panik, (17) (Smith), 16:45

    Third Period
    CHA Boychuk, (16) (Dalpe, Sanguinetti), 14:33

    Ondej Palat (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

    Tonight's box score should be the yard sign for Jon Cooper's candidacy for AHL Coach of the Year. Not only did Norfolk match the AHL single-season winning streak record with the win, but look at the scorers in this game. 7 different goal scorers. 6 of the goal scorers are AHL rookies. 7 rookies contributed points tonight. This is not a veteran-heavy team, nor is it being carried by 1 or 2 players. This team is young, athletic, and deep, but none of that means anything without a coach who builds a program and gets his young athletes to buy into the system.

    Panik attack, y'all.

    Oh yeah, and with Springfield's victory over Portland tonight, Norfolk also clinched a playoff spot, too. Norfolk now has 91 points (they only had 93 points all of last season, and that was a good team), which puts them 8 up on St. John's in the conference and 12 up on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the division. What stuns me the most, though, is that they've run their cushion on Hershey up to 19 points. Wow. What that all means is that, if they can finish strong and win the conference, the Admirals will very likely get a first round opponent with a negative goal differential for the season. Advantage Norfolk, which leads the league now with a ludicrous goal differential of +70. +37 (Toronto) is the next closest mark in the league, for reference. What that hopefully means is the Admirals can get out of the first round quickly. As any hockey fan knows, the playoffs are as much about attrition as they are about anything else. The Lightning's '04 Cup win would likely not have happened had they not disposed of the Islanders and Canadiens quickly in the first two rounds, giving them the gas to outlast the Flyers and Flames in a pair of 7-game series at the finish line. Conversely, the Lightning having to go 7 games against the Penguins in the first round in the 2011 playoffs likely led to them being out of gas by Game 7 against the Bruins. Norfolk is putting themselves in a position to potentially win the attrition war, and if they do, we know they have everything else to make a serious championship run.

    History will be made, as the commercials say, Sunday at 3 pm against this same Charlotte team. A victory gives Norfolk the all-time, single-season AHL win streak mark. As Herb Brooks said to Team USA before they played the Finns in the Gold Medal match in 1980 after their legendary upset of the Russians, "If you lose this game you'll take it to your (expletive) graves... YOUR (EXPLETIVE) GRAVES!"

    Finish the drill, Admirals. Make us proud.

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  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Seminfinals (Russia):
    Evgeny Kuznetsov's third period goal lifted Chelyabinsk to a 2-1 Game Two win over Ak Bars Kazan. Traktor now holds a 2-0 series lead. Kuznetsov, a first round pick of the Capitals, starred on Russia's Silver Medal winning U20 World Junior Championship team earlier this season. Nikita Nesterov did not appear in the match. Game Three is Sunday.

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
    CSKA Jr. 3 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 2 (OT)
    Series Tied at 1-1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
    Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

    Sergey Barbashev scored 9:46 into overtime to lift CSKA Jr. to a critical 3-2 Game Two win over St. Petersburg Jr. The season is now knotted at 1-1. Game Three is Monday.

    SM-slutspel (Sweden)
    (1)Lulea 1 @ (7)AIK 4
    AIK Leads the Series 3-1
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
    Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

    The upset alert is now blaring. Ex-NHLer Dick Tarnstrom assisted on AIK's game opening goal and they did not look back, posting a 4-1 Game Four victory over top seed Lulea. Lulea now faces elimination in Game Five on Sunday.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago


    London Knights 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 61 GP, 22-48-70, +18, 50 PIM

    Despite a stacked roster full of offensive talent, the Knights were shutout for the second game in a row. This time it was Jaroslav Pavelka and the Windsor Spitfires. Pavelka, who went undrafted in 2011, stopped 29 shots.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Over and out.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 10 shots for the loss before being lifted for Dwayne Roloson, who stopped all 18 he saw the rest of the way.

    First Period
    TOR Liles (6), (Grabovski, Kessel)(PP), 1:09

    Second Period
    TOR Crabb (9), (Lombardi, Connolly), 3:27
    TOR Gardiner (5), (Lombardi), 12:28

    Third Period
    TB St. Louis (23), (Clark), 19:34

    That's all she wrote. Time to start studying for the draft.

    Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits in 10:19.

    Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 6:59.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 4 @ Karpat 1
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    With nothing on the line, JYP started backup Joni Myllykoski in their regular season ending 4-1 win over Karpat. JYP finishes the regular season 4th on the SM-liiga table. Karpat, which would've finished in the top-6 of the league with a win, instead finishes 7th and will now have to play in the opening play-in round. JYP already knows who their Semifinal Round opponent will be: 5th seed Assat. The Semifinals will begin next Thursday, the 22nd.

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.)
    CSKA Jr. 2 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 5
    St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 1-0
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
    Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov assisted on Nikita Gusev's game opening power play goal, but it was all downhill from there for CSKA Jr. in their Game One loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-Blue Jackets first rounder Nikita Filatov scored CSKA Jr.'s other goal. Game Two is Friday.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago


    Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 64 GP, 45-38-83, +44, 63 PIM

    Saint John did something no team has done in the history of the QMJHL Wednesday when they clinched the league’s regular season championship for the third straight year. Congrats to the Sea Dogs for that accomplishment. Helping them on Wednesday was newly signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (pictured), who tied for the team lead with three points and led the club with a plus-5 rating. Gauthier’s 45th goal of the season opened the game’s scoring. Blues pick Ryan Tesink had two goals and was named first star.

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 10 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 49 GP, 6-25-31, -11, 49 PIM

    That smarts. Janosik missed the bloodshed as he is in Slovakia completing some exams. He is expected back by the end of the week.


    Oshawa Generals 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 47 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
    With Oshawa: 20 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Schemitsch scored for the second time this season to continue his recent offensive resurgence. He was a 40-point player in his draft year, but due to injuries and circumstance has fallen off that pace in the last two seasons. He is up for an NHL contract at the end of the year.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 8 @ Reading Royals 3

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

    Florida posted a snowman on the scoreboard for the second straight game, this time defeating Reading in Pennsylvania, 8-3. Reading had a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period on ‘Blades goaltender John Muse. Florida reeled off four straight goals, then added four more in a 10-minute span between the end of the second period and the midway point of the third. New Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche was suspended for a boarding major in his last game. With the win, Florida is now three points behind South Carolina for sixth in the East, and four points up on Cincinnati for seventh. Chicago, who is in ninth, sits five points back of the Everblades.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Norfolk has a date with history this weekend.


    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 13 shots (no, not a typo) for the win. Janus is now 16-8-2 on the season, which puts him at the door step of the top-20 in the league in wins. Dustin Tokarski still rules the roost with 27 wins despite being out of the league for the last week. Two good young goaltenders = good problem to have.

    First Period
    WBS Lerg, (23) (O'Reilly, Strait), 8:47
    NOR Panik, (16) (Barberio, Johnson), 11:28 (PP)
    NOR Gudas, (7) (Jackson, Hutchings), 11:59

    Second Period
    NOR Johnson, (25) (Panik, Picard), 0:10 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Oberg, (6) (Palat, Johnson), 2:37

    Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, and Radko Gudas were the game's three stars.

    Halfway through the month of March, Johnson's got to be the runaway favorite to win the league's Player of the Month award. He has 7 goals and 14 points in 6 games, which already matches what he put up in February. That's pretty amazing considering last month was no slouch for TJ, who put up 14 points in 13 games. He's now tied with Gustav Nyqvist at 55 points for 2nd among league rookies in points, and he's moved into a tie for 9th in the AHL in points, overall.

    Johnson's linemate, Richard Panik, continues to quietly ramp up his play after a quiet first half of the year. He's within 1 point now of breaking into the top-20 in the league in rookie scoring himself, and the Panik attack shows no signs of letting up.

    Mark Barberio is 5th in the AHL in assists. Discuss.

    What I take away from tonight's game, given the Admirals outshot their nearest division rivals 33-13, is that they're going for it. And, I'm not talking about winning the division (now a 10 point lead over the Pens), or the conference (6 point lead over the IceCaps). This team wants the record, and they can tie the single-season win streak record of 17 on Friday in Charlotte. The Checkers are no slouches, mind you. They lead the Midwest Division and Norfolk will have to beat them on Friday and Sunday to set the record. And, despite the challenge, Norfolk's going for it. When a team holds another to 13 shots on goal, that's complete team buy-in at playoff level intensity. They just threw the keys to the tractor and the deed to the farm in the middle of the table. They're going for it, and it's going to take a team playing a playoff-level game to stop them.

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  • 6 years 17 weeks ago


    Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 46 GP, 1-17-18, +8, 24 PIM
    With Oshawa: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 4 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Schemitsch came into the game with points in three of his last four contests. The Gens have clinched a playoff spot and sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Mississauga. Oshawa’s fourth straight win eliminated the Petes from playoff contention.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago



    Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 of 34 shots for his first NHL victory. The young fella got it done against two goaltenders tonight who averaged 36.5 years of age. And, it wasn't a circus act. He was very calm and very under control in net. If you're not out of position, you don't have to breakdance like Hasek in net. Got his first NHL assist, too. Nice night for a young man who has worked hard to get where he is.

    First Period
    TB Pyatt (8), (Malone, Connolly), 1:56
    TB Thompson (9), (Hall, Wyman), 2:26
    TB Shannon (4), (Hedman, Tokarski)(PP), 4:31
    TB Hedman (4), (unassisted), 15:38

    Second Period
    TB Stamkos (49), (Purcell, Lee), 3:06

    Third Period
    BOS Caron (7), (Boychuk, Chara), 1:55
    TB Stamkos (50), (St. Louis, Lee), 3:06

    Steven Stamkos, Tic, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. I have seen the future, and it is good.

    Keith Aulie had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:16.

    Tim Wallace had 1 hit in 10:10, and looked dazed and confused with the puck on a 2-on-1 late in the third period. I don't think he expected a chance that good in that situation.

    J.T. Wyman had a helper and was +2 in 14:56.

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