I've already forgotten Curtis McElhinney.
Dustin Tokarski stopped all 29 shots he faced to post his second shutout of the season. He is 5-0-2 in his last 7 games, and he's now raised his season statistics to a 2.44 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Curtis McElhinney being claimed by the Sens on waivers may have been a huge blessing in disguise for the Lightning and Admirals alike. Tic seems to play better with a large volume of starts, and he's starting to flash the outstanding form of his rookie year that elevated him into the strata of one of the Lightning organization's best prospects.
NOR Durno, (16) (Harju, Vernace), 18:25
Tokarski and Chris Durno were the game's first and third stars.
Elsewhere in the East Division tonight, the Charlotte Checkers have gone down to defeat 4-2 in Providence. Norfolk still sits in 4th in the East Division. They cashed in a game in hand and have opened a 4 point lead on 5th place Binghamton. They've also temporarily opened up a 9 point lead on the Atlantic Division's 4th place team, Worcester, with the Sharks currently going to overtime against Manchester, so the lead will be 8 or 9 points by the end of the night.
More importantly, though, the Admirals are starting to track down the teams in front of them. They are now 1 point behind 3rd place Charlotte with 2 games in hand on the Checkers. Also, intriguingly, Norfolk has moved to within 5 points of idle Hershey with 1 game in hand on the Bears. Norfolk travels into Hershey tomorrow night with the chance to cut the Bears lead down to 3 points with 1 game in hand. Norfolk will finish their weekend on Sunday in Binghamton.
19 games remain in the regular season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.