Barberio, Mark

NHL Game Night: 2-14-12 Senators at Lightning

That's all, folks?

OTT-4
TB-0

Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. He also stopped a Kyle Turris penalty shot in the contest.

First Period
OTT Karlsson (10), (Spezza, Butler), 1:04

Second Period
OTT Spezza (23), (Kuba, Karlsson)(PP), 16:32

Third Period
OTT Spezza (24), (Butler, Michalek), 12:37
OTT Spezza (25), (Gonchar)(EN), 18:58

You got the sense the Spezza goal that got the score in this game to 3-0 really made reality set in for the Lightning. They can't afford to be losing back-to-back games right now and they can't afford to be losing 4-point games against teams they're competing against for position in the conference, and they just did both. With the loss, you'd have to expect the Lightning to be sellers at the deadline with several potential UFA's as rental opportunities for playoff-bound teams like Pavel Kubina, Dominic Moore, and Brett Clark. Unfortunately for the Lightning, it's difficult to envision them finding pieces such as a goaltender or some more Mikkelson-esque defensemen to receive in return to help rebuild the roster.

I will be interested to see how the post-deadline roster looks, and whether the Lightning will give some prospects in Norfolk an extended look before the end of the year. Particularly, I'd like to see Mark Barberio get a chance against NHL speed to see where he's at, particularly in his own third. The Lightning need d-men almost as much as they need a goaltender, and it seems foolish not to use this time to diagnose a guy who is currently the AHL's leading scorer amongst d-men.

The other thing is that Guy Boucher might just need to throw caution to the wind at some point, accept the mistakes young #14 is going to make, and start feeding Brett Connolly some scoring line ice time. If the Lightning can get a guy like Connolly or one of their other forward prospects to a point they feel more comfortable about them next season, it'll make it more comfortable for them to deal a veteran forward like Ryan Malone, assuming he'd allow it, to get some defense or goaltending help.

The good news is that I'm optimistic this season is a pot hole and not a ditch. There's a lot of good talent in the system, and the Lightning really are just 2-3 players away from being right back to elite status. And, no, those players aren't Scott Stevens and Patrick Roy. But, they do need to be guys who are a better fit for the current system and are a lot more clutch than what the current group has shown this year.

J.T. Wyman was -1 in 5:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-11-12 Phantoms at Admirals

Laying the smacketh down.

ADK-3
NOR-7

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots but got a wee bit more goal support than last night to carry him to his 21st win of the year. That matches Tic's win total from all of last season and he now will zero in on his career mark of 27 wins set in his rookie campaign as his next milestone to beat.

First Period
NOR Panik, (11) (Palat, Johnson), 2:48
NOR Kostka, (7) (Barberio, Palat), 4:36 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (26) (Barberio, Panik), 5:07 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (27) (Smith, Johnson), 8:20 (PP)

Second Period
ADK Brown, (6) (Klotz, Kessel), 4:23

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (11) (Picard, Cote), 3:31
ADK Kalinski, (9) (Manning, Akeson), 4:02
NOR Smith, (19) (Labrie, Ashton), 13:23
ADK Manning, (3) (Kessel, Holmstrom), 14:38 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (16) (Fornataro, Devos), 17:36

Cory Conacher, Mark Barberio, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

Phantoms d-man Cullen Eddy messed with the bull and got the horns, earning a game misconduct for elbowing rookie phenom Conacher. The Ads proceeded to score 3 power play goals on the subsequent 5 minute major, including 2 by Conacher himself.

Conacher did not manage a hat trick, but, by virtue of an assist added on Conacher's first goal, Richard Panik posted a first period Gordie Howe hat trick for the opening goal, a power play assist, and then a fight with ex-Admiral Dan Jancevski. When Panik attacks, Adirondack trembles.

Barberio crossed the 40 point threshold with his 2 power play helpers tonight. He's now at 41 points in 48 games, pushing him 2 points ahead of Brian Connelly of Abbotsford for the lead amongst d-men. For his part, Mike Kostka has quietly pushed up into a tie for 11th amongst d-men in scoring with 27 points in 45 games.

Norfolk picks up 1 point on Hershey, which fell in a shootout tonight, and keeps pace with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. So, the Ads are 1 point back of the Bears and 4 points back of the Pens in the division. Both the Bears and Pens hold a game in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk heads to Charlotte tomorrow to face the Midwest Division (don't ask) leading Checkers.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-12 Admirals at Whale

When Slovakians attack...

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CT-4 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 26 shots and stopped 9 of 10 in the penalty shot session for the win. He came into the game in relief of Dustin Tokarski who unceremoniously allowed all 3 shots he faced into the net before getting the hook.

First Period
NOR Johnson, (14) (Ashton, Conacher), 0:39
CT Deveaux, (12) (Newbury, Christensen), 1:26 (PP)
CT Tanski, (3) (Tessier), 3:49
CT Bourque, (3) (Tessier, Parlett), 6:33

Second Period
NOR Palat, (3) , 3:58

Third Period
NOR Ashton, (16) (Panik, Jackson), 6:10
NOR Conacher, (24) (Kostka), 6:28 (PP)
CT Tanski, (4) (Grant, Owens), 8:13

Richard Panik was the first star of the game. He assisted Carter Ashton on the goal to tie the game at 3-3, got cheap shotted by Aaron Voros shortly thereafter, but got his revenge with the tenth round shootout winner. I'm rather shocked Janus didn't get a star, but both he and his countryman Panik were very worthy tonight. In his last 10 games, the AHL is feeling the Panik attack to the tune of 5 goals and 9 points.

For those wondering, although not 100%, Mark Barberio did dress and play tonight. I'm not the official BP Tweetmeister, but if I were: #goodnewsforachange

Norfolk's trip to the pay window moves them to within 2 points of Hershey in the division with the Bears holding a game in hand. Norfolk draws Charlotte at Scope on Tuesday night. The Checkers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference (don't ask) this season, so Norfolk will have their work cut out for them.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-11 Admirals at Crunch

Oi.

NOR-3
SYR-6

Jaroslav Janus allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss before being pulled for Dustin Tokarski for the third period. Tic stopped all 3 shots he faced the rest of the way in light work.

First Period
SYR Maroon, (17) (Sexton, Carle), 1:21
SYR Macenauer, (3) (Smaby, Maroon), 12:08
SYR Maroon, (18) (Carle, Sexton), 16:20

Second Period
SYR Sexton, (6) (McMillan), 3:48
SYR Macenauer, (4) (Bodie), 8:46
SYR Maroon, (19) (Carle, Rodney), 15:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Fornataro), 4:25
NOR Angelidis, (10) (Ouellet, Fornataro), 4:51
NOR Panik, (9) (Devos, Palat), 19:54

It was a tough spot for the Admirals, having to make due with so few forwards and moving defensemen to play out of position. It got worse when they lost Mark Barberio tonight to an injury. Kudos to them for sticking to it in the third and making it a bit more respectable. At least there was a Panik attack.

Norfolk heads to Hartford tomorrow to play the Whale.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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