Panik attack, y'all!
Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. He runs his record to 14-7-0 with the win, which is not too shabby. A 2.33 GAA doesn't hurt my feelings either.
NOR Panik, (5) (Cote, Ashton), 3:25
NOR Conacher, (20) (Labrie, Smith), 4:31
NOR Gudas, (5) (Conacher, Smith), 8:25
WBS Petersen, (6) (Craig, Samuelsson), 2:16
NOR Conacher, (21) (Kostka, Smith), 11:34 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (6) (Dimmen, Landry), 19:00 (PP)
Congratulations are in order for Conacher, Smith, and Mark Barberio on their selections as AHL All-Stars. Conacher now sits at 4th in the league in scoring with 41 points in 33 games. Smith checks in at 3rd with 42 points in 34 games. Barberio, for his part, is tied for tops amongst defensemen in scoring at 29 points in 32 games.
Norfolk moves back into a tie with Hershey at 44 points for tops in the East Division and opens up a 3 point lead on the Pens. The Admirals have a 2 game set with Albany on Friday and Saturday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
This season we introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but consider this as an extra gift in a stocking. A stocking of awesome.
Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals.
Norfolk throws down the gauntlet in the AHL East Division, after spending the entire third period smacking Hershey in the face with it.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. He had a rough first period allowing a quick goal early and a bad goal late to drop the Ads down 3-1. But, credit to the scrappy Slovakian tender, he shut the door the rest of the way to earn his second straight win.
HER Rechlicz, (1) (Brouillette, Flemming), 2:47
HER Micflikier, (11) (Ford, Potulny), 11:46
NOR Ouellet, (8) (Devos, Angelidis), 16:12
HER Bourque, (16) (Kane, Aucoin), 19:56
NOR Wyman, (6) (Barberio, Janus), 4:33
NOR Devos, (1) (Barberio, Kostka), 6:43
NOR Smith, (14) (Ouellet, Barberio), 13:59 (PP)
NOR Panik, (4) (Devos), 14:58
NOR Johnson, (12) (Angelidis, Wyman), 18:52 (EN)
Wow. Just, wow. It takes a really good team to do that to Hershey in Hershey, especially on the third night of a three game weekend. Holy cow. Norfolk knots the East Division up all over again with 37 points a piece between the Bears, Penguins, and Admirals, although Norfolk is giving up a game in hand. Still, I don't think they'll enjoy what the Admirals left underneath their trees in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey the last two nights. Those weren't just wins, those were statements of intent for a hostile takeover of the East.
Panik attack, y'all.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Nope, THAT was probably rock bottom.
Dwayne Roloson allowed 6 goals on 21 shots for the loss before Mathieu Garon allowed 1 on 5 shots the rest of the way. 7 goals on 26 shots is pitiful. Was goaltending the reason for the loss? No. But you can't win with a save percentage that's an eyelash above .750. Can't do it.
I'm tired of puckhandling mistakes ending up in the back of the net. I'm tired of play acting leading to pucks ending up in the back of the net. These guys need to be playing a very stripped down very focused style right now, and not circus hockey. It's a zoo between the pipes every other game right now.
TOR Macarthur (7), (Gardiner, Connolly), 00:41
TB Lecavalier (9), (Stamkos, Malone)(PP), 8:38
TOR Connolly (3), (Kulemin, Franson)(PP), 17:56
TOR Bozak (3), (Kessel, Connolly)(PP), 19:22
TOR Colborne (1), (Frattin, Liles), 17:45
TOR Bozak (4), (unassisted), 3:07
TOR Lupul (11), (Bozek, Phaneuf), 4:28
TOR Crabb (3), (Frattin, Gardiner), 14:28
It was pretty pitiful to allow a goal right off the bat. Then the team responded and looked as good on the forecheck and on the power play as I think I've seen them this season up until Victor Hedman whiffed on what probably should've been a goal off a Marty St. Louis feed, and then took an unlucky 4 minute minor, and the wheels came off. And then the wheels came off again when Roloson once again showed why he should never stray from his net. It's embarrassing. I felt like I was watching a Brian Lawton/Rick Tocchet team, not a Steve Yzerman/Guy Boucher team.
The situation is not improving to any extent I feel comfortable with. I don't think huge changes have to be made, but I don't think the old, "The answers are in the room," is working. You can't tell me the guys in Norfolk are so bad that they aren't at least worth a look to see if they can inject some fresh blood and enthusiasm into the lineup. This team just looks flat at the start of every game and I honestly wonder how anyone could argue that things would be worse with Carter Ashton or Radko Gudas or Mark Barberio getting an opportunity. You can't tell me that Blair Jones and Bruno Gervais are so much better than those players that it isn't worth even considering, and I don't give a damn how far away the organization thinks Gudas and Barberio are. If you believe they'll bite as dogs they'll bite as puppies. What's the worse that could happen? They'd give up 7 goals to the Maple Leafs?
Brett Connolly had 1 blocked shot in 11:28.
TJ back to early season form.
Jaroslav Janus made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win.
NOR Ashton, (12) (Fornataro, Johnson), 5:27
STJ Postma, (3) (Machacek, Klingberg), 16:44 (PP)
NOR Smith, (7) (Conacher, Dimmen), 1:22
NOR Smith, (8) (Conacher, Landry), 4:32
NOR Angelidis, (3) (Wyman), 11:11
STJ Klingberg, (9) (DeSantis), 2:58 (SH)
NOR Johnson, (5) (Ashton, Conacher), 8:14
NOR Johnson, (6) (Barberio, Vernace), 15:35 (PP)
Remember Tyler Johnson (pictured)? He had 6 points in the first 4 games of the season before cooling off with 3 points in the subsequent 11. And then, boom, 3 point night. There's so much depth on the Admirals and it's truly under-appreciated. Trevor Smith has 20 points in the first 17 games this season, and he's barely figured in the three stars discussions in each game. Heck, he's not even the team's leading scorer, because Cory Conacher has 21 points, and he doesn't even have a contract with the Lightning, yet. There's 4 players on the Ads (Conacher, Smith, Ashton, and Mark Barberio) that are currently over a point-a-game. It's impressive.
Box score from TheAHL.com.