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Back in Albany, Henrique honing leadership skills

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Like a veteran back in his element, Adam Henrique strides across the familiar bright red carpet inside the dressing room, with an air of confidence about him. This is a player who recognizes exactly where he is, has precise goals of what he wants to achieve in hockey and totally understands how this bump in the road he's come to can't stop him from becoming the player he's determined to become.

Henrique, a Calder Trophy finalist last season, wants to be a captain in the National Hockey League. He wants to be the player young guys look to for guidance. He wants to be the voice of a team -- the pulse, the guy the coach leans on.

"A few years down the road I want to be in the position that Zach Parise is in -- that's how I look at it," Henrique told NHL.com after playing in an American Hockey League preseason game for the Albany Devils. "Hopefully a few years down the road, some kid will be sitting in my spot and I'll be teaching him things."

Playing in the AHL, for however long it may be as a result of the ongoing work stoppage, will give Henrique the chance to flex his leadership muscles.

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Norfolk completes sweep to win Calder Cup

Saturday, 06.09.2012 / 6:24 PM / AHL Update

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The Norfolk Admirals completed a sweep of the Calder Cup Finals on Saturday by beating the Toronto Marlies 6-1 to win the first AHL championship in franchise history.

Mike Kostka, whose fluke goal in overtime gave the Admirals a 1-0 win in Game 3, scored the first of his two goals at 4:26 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie. Tyler Johnson made it 3-1 at 16:45, and the Admirals blew the game open with three goals in the third period.

Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 18 of 19 shots, allowing only a first-period goal by Mike Zigomanis. Tokarski won all four games in the series, allowing only four goals.

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AHL admits incorrect rules interpretation on OT goal

Friday, 06.08.2012 / 1:31 PM / AHL Update

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The American Hockey League admitted Friday that there was an incorrect rules interpretation on the only goal in Thursday night's Game 3 of the Calder Cup Final, a 1-0 overtime victory by Norfolk that put the Admirals one win away from the championship.

Mike Kostka broke up a goaltending battle between Norfolk's Dustin Tokarski and Toronto's Ben Scrivens when he got to the red line and dumped the puck in off the glass along the right wall. Scrivens went behind the net to play the puck, only to watch in horror as the shot hit a stanchion near the goal line and skittered sideways into the net for the only goal of the night.

However, the AHL admitted in a statement Friday morning that a Norfolk player was offsides and the goal should not have counted.

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Norfolk halfway to Calder Cup after Game 2 win

Sunday, 06.03.2012 / 1:39 AM / AHL Update

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The Norfolk Admirals are two wins away from their first AHL championship.

Alexandre Picard broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and the Admirals beat the Toronto Marlies 4-2 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup final Saturday night. The win gives the Admirals a 2-0 lead in the AHL final, which moves to Toronto for games on Thursday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.

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Norfolk wins opener of Calder Cup Finals

Friday, 06.01.2012 / 10:29 PM / AHL Update

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The hottest team in hockey didn't let a nine-day break in the schedule cool off its drive toward its first AHL championship.

The Norfolk Admirals, the AHL's regular-season champions, got 23 saves by goaltender Dustin Tokarski and killed off all 11 Toronto power plays as they beat the Marlies 3-1 in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals on Friday night.

Cory Conacher had a goal and an assist for the Admirals, the Tampa Bay Lightning's top affiliate, who ended the regular season by winning their last 28 games, the longest streak in the history of professional hockey. They are now 12-3 in the playoffs, meaning that Norfolk has won 40 of 43 games since a loss on Feb. 5.

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Norfolk advances to Calder Cup Finals

Tuesday, 05.22.2012 / 8:44 PM / AHL Update

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The Norfolk Admirals won the AHL’s Eastern Conference championship on Tuesday by beating the St. John's Ice Caps 4-0 at Mile One Centre in St. John's Nfld., to complete a four-game sweep.

Norfolk goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 28 saves for his second consecutive shutout. The Admirals set an AHL record for fewest goals allowed in a four-game playoff series, outscoring St. John’s 14-2 in the sweep.

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AHL Norfolk concludes season with 28 straight wins

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 10:47 PM / AHL Update

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Cory Conacher netted his first career hat trick as the Norfolk Admirals finished off the 2011-12 regular season with a 4-2 victory against the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Sunday night.

Remarkably, Norfolk (55-18-1-2) concluded the regular season with a North American professional hockey record 28-game winning streak. The Admirals haven't lost since Feb. 5.

Conacher broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals -- including his AHL-leading 39th goal of the season -- in the final two minutes of regulation. Brandon Segal notched his 18th goal of the season and added three assists. Norfolk goalie Jaroslav Janus made 16 saves to extend his personal winning streak to 15 games.

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AHL: Conacher working on dream season in Norfolk

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 3:12 PM / AHL Update

Samantha Wood - Special to NHL.com

Cory Conacher has registered 35 goals and 40 assists for 75 points, as well as 110 penalty minutes, in 72 games.

Fade in on a hockey rink. An undersized, underrated young player leads his team through a winning streak of historic length.

A classic underdog story, it's the stuff of which movies are made. And it's happening in right now Norfolk, Virginia.

The 22-year-old left winger, Cory Conacher, has become a star on a deeply talented Norfolk Admirals roster, joining them after an impressive training camp showing with the parent club Tampa Bay Lightning in September.

Undrafted, listed at 5-foot-8, a product of a humble Canisius College hockey program, Conacher knew from the start he was playing with something to prove.

"The coaching staff gave me such a great opportunity to play in a couple exhibition games," said Conacher, who also lives with type 1 diabetes. "That really helped my confidence as well, which made coming to Norfolk an easier transition."

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Norfolk wins 24th straight, clinches AHL points title

Friday, 04.06.2012 / 10:33 PM / AHL Update

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The Norfolk Admirals extended their professional hockey record by winning their 24th consecutive game, beating the Binghamton Senators 3-1 in Norfolk, Va., on Friday night to wrap up the AHL regular-season championship.

The Admirals (51-18-1-2, 105 points) earned the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy, given to the top finisher in the overall regular-season standings. The Tampa Bay Lightning's top affiliate will have home-ice advantage for as far as they go in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, which begin following the conclusion of the regular season on Apr. 15.

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AHL: Klingberg making solid transition in St. John's

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 7:28 PM / AHL Update

Samantha Wood - Special to NHL.com

Rookie left winger Carl Klingberg doesn't hesitate when asked about playing in St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and the easternmost city in North America.

"It's just awesome. The fans are great," he said. "Everyone lives for hockey there."

The St. John's IceCaps, the primary affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets, have been welcomed with open arms into the city of just over 100,000 residents, selling out every home game this season at Mile One Centre.

Klingberg, a 21-year-old Swedish transplant, feels right at home in St. John's, which is back in the loop this season after six years without AHL hockey. The city was previously home to the Toronto Maple Leafs' top affiliate from 1991 to 2005.

"It's not that big of a difference," he said of the adjustment between European and Canadian living. "The town is awesome and people are friendly. The biggest difference is probably language, but my English is improving."
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