NORFOLK (4) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHANTOMS (3) SO
NORFOLK, VA - Craig MacDonald scored in the final round of the shootout to cap another comeback victory for the Norfolk Admirals (35-10-4-1), as they defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms (17-24-2-5) 4-3 on Saturday night at Scope for their fifth win in a row.
The Phantoms established a two goal lead through the first 21 minutes of the game. Ryan Potulny netted a power play goal at 7:43. Boyd Kane doubled the Philadelphia lead just 37 seconds into the second stanza when his shot sailed past netminder Corey Crawford's glove.
The Admirals got on the board near the game's halfway mark on a power play. Danny Richmond sent a shot from the high slot on net that Pierre Parenteau deflected past goaltender Michael Leighton at 9:37.
Martin St. Pierre tied the game at two goals apiece to kick off a wild final two minutes of the second period. Dustin Byfuglien's shot was kicked aside by Leighton. However, St. Pierre found the rebound and sent it top shelf at 18:03.
The Phantoms took the lead again just 20 seconds later with Kane's second goal of the contest at 18:23. However, the Admirals found the equalizer once again with just 19 seconds remaining in the period when David Bolland deflected home a point shot at 19:41.
Despite out-shooting Philadelphia 12-6 in the third period and overtime, Norfolk could not find the back of the net, and Scope fans were treated to the first shootout at home this season. Jonas Nordqvist beat Leighton in round two of the shootout. After John Slaney tied the shootout in the Phantoms' last attempt, MacDonald sealed the victory for the Admirals by stashing one home in round five.
Crawford (23 shots, 20 saves) earned his franchise record-setting 28th victory of the season, ironically surpassing his counterpart at the other end of the ice. Leighton, who had a 27-win season for the Admirals in 2001-02, finished with 33 saves on 36 shots and got the shootout loss.
The Admirals were 1-6 on the power play. Philadelphia was 1-3.
The Admirals have now won 13 consecutive games at Scope to extend their franchise record. They have 25 wins at home this season to establish yet another franchise record, surpassing the 24-win season of 2000-01.
1. Pierre Parenteau - NOR
2. Danny Richmond - NOR
3. Boyd Kane - PHI