The Norfolk Admirals extended their record-breaking winning streak to 25 straight victories by sweeping a two-game series against the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators last weekend, improving their season record to 52-18-1-2.
With 107 points, the Admirals have clinched the AHL’s best regular-season record, which guarantees Norfolk home-ice advantage throughout the Calder Cup playoffs.
Norfolk will start its Calder Cup playoff run next week, after finishing the regular season with a three-game road trip to Albany, Binghamton and Adirondack this weekend.
Friday, April 6: Binghamton Senators 1 at Norfolk Admirals 3
Saturday, April 7: Binghamton Senators 1 at Norfolk Admirals 4
Friday, April 13: Norfolk Admirals at Albany Devils
Saturday, April 14: Norfolk Admirals at Binghamton Senators
Sunday, April 15: Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
Goals: Tyler Johnson and Trevor Smith (2)
Assists: JP Cote, Alex Killorn, Evan Oberg and Brandon Segal (2)
Points: Tyler Johnson (3)
Plus/Minus: JP Cote, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Alexandre Picard (14)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski (1)
Goals-Against Average: Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski (1)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.968)
Goals: Cory Conacher (35)
Assists: Mark Barberio (47)
Points: Cory Conacher (75)
Plus/Minus: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+33)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (91)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (31)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.24)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski (.913)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (5)
Twenty four of the Admirals’ 25 consecutive wins have come in regulation time, including each of their past 19 wins.
Cory Conacher was named to the 2012 AHL All-Rookie Team and a 2012 Second Team AHL All-Star.
Cory Conacher scored his 35th goal of the season on Saturday, putting him one goal behind Matt Fraser of the Texas Stars for the league lead.Mark Barberio
leads AHL defensemen with 47 assists and 60 points, getting named a First Team AHL All-Star last week.Tyler Johnson
was named to the 2012 AHL All-Rookie Team. He leads the Admirals with 39 points (16g, 23a) during their 25-game winning streak and is second overall in AHL rookie scoring (behind Cory Conacher) with 67 points (31g, 36a) on the season.
Dustin Tokarski leads AHL goalies with 31 wins. During the Admirals’ 25-game winning streak, he is 12-0-0-0, with a 1.58 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and three shutouts.Jaroslav Janus
is 13-0-0-0 during the Admirals’ win streak, with a 1.37 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and one shutout.
Norfolk has allowed a total of four goals during its last five games, with its 175 goals-against for the season being 22 fewer goals than any other Eastern Conference team.
The Admirals have scored 261 goals this season, which are 24 more than any other AHL team.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie leads the AHL with a +33 and Trevor Smith is tied for second with a +29.
Eastern Conference Standings
1. Norfolk Admirals 107 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning)
2. St. John’s IceCaps 92 pts (Winnipeg Jets)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers 87 pts (New York Islanders)
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 93 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins)
5. Hershey Bears 88 pts (Washington Capitals)
6. Connecticut Whale 84 pts (New York Rangers)
7. Syracuse Crunch 80 pts (Anaheim Ducks)
8. Manchester Monarchs 77 pts (Los Angeles Kings)
9. Portland Pirates 77 pts (Phoenix Coyotes)
10. Adirondack Phantoms 76 pts (Philadelphia Flyers)
11. Providence Bruins 75 pts (Boston Bruins)
12. Springfield Falcons 74 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets)
13. Albany Devils 71 pts (New Jersey Devils)
14. Worcester Sharks 70 pts (San Jose Sharks)
15. Binghamton Senators 62 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Bolts Beyond the AHL
The Lightning’s ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, recently completed a three-game sweep of the Greenville Road Warriors (New York Rangers) in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Everblades second-round opponent has yet to be determined.
2011 Lightning first-round pick Vladislav Namestnikov
and the London Knights are tied, 1-1, in their second-round series with the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Namestnikov has three points (1g, 2a) in six playoff games, after compiling 71 points (22g, 49a) in 63 regular-season games this year.