The Norfolk Admirals continued their historic run by posting another undefeated, 3-0-0-0 weekend. Their three straight one-goal wins boosted their overall winning streak to nine, which is the longest by any Lightning AHL affiliate in franchise history. Norfolk’s most recent win, Sunday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, broke the franchise’s record for its longest win streak in the AHL, which it previously set in March 2002 as the Chicago Blackhawks’ top affiliate.
The Admirals’ nine straight wins give Norfolk a 36-18-1-2 record for 75 points, which moves them two points clear of the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) for the top spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, and four points ahead of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) for first place in the East Division. Norfolk’s 75 points are tied with the Western Conference’s Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers) for the most overall points in the AHL.
Having earned their three most recent wins on the road, in Binghamton (Ottawa Senators), Hershey (Washington Capitals) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Admirals will play all three of their games this week on home ice. Norfolk starts its week by hosting the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night, before wrapping up the set against the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) on both Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
Friday, February 24 Norfolk Admirals 3, Binghamton Senators 2
Saturday, February 25 Norfolk Admirals 3, Hershey Bears 2
Sunday, February 26 Norfolk Admirals 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3
Goals:Brandon Segal (3)
Assists: Cory Conacher/TylerJohnson/Alexandre Picard (3)
Points: Brandon Segal (4)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Johnson/Mike Kostka, Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+2)
Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (12)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (2)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.00)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.938)
Goals: Cory Conacher (29)
Assists: Mark Barberio (39)
Points: Cory Conacher (63)
Plus/Minus: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+27)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (138)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (25)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.39)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.906)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (4)
The Admirals’ nine-game winning streak is the longest in their 11-year AHL history, and is the longest by a Lightning AHL affiliate in franchise history.
Norfolk’s winning streak is the longest that an AHL team has had this season. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were the last team to go on a nine-game winning streak, doing so from 10/9-11/5/10. The Portland Pirates were the last team to accumulate a winning streak of more than nine games, as they did so with an 11-game streak from 1/26-2/20/10.
Dustin Tokarski moved into first place in wins among AHL goalies (25) by beating Hershey on Saturday night. The man he passed, Ben Bishop (24 wins), was involved in a trade over the weekend which sent him from the St. Louis Blues organization to the Ottawa Senators organization.
Cory Conacher leads the Admirals in goals (29) and points (63). He has a 12-point lead in the league’s rookie scoring race, is fourth overall in league scoring and second overall in goal scoring.Mark Barberio
leads all AHL defensemen with 49 points (9g, 39a). He’s tied for fifth overall in the league in assists (39) and is the only AHL defenseman to rank in the top 15 in overall league points.
Norfolk has the best goal differential in the league at +47 and has three of the top-six plus/minus players in the league: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (2nd/+27), Trevor Smith (3rd/+26) and Mark Barberio
The Admirals (202 goals) are the only AHL team with at least 200 goals scored this season. The next-highest scoring team is the Hershey Bears, who have scored 191 times.
Eastern Conference Standings1.
Norfolk Admirals 75 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning) 2.
St. John’s IceCaps 73 pts (Winnipeg Jets) 3.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 66 pts (New York Islanders) 4.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 71 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins) 5.
Hershey Bears 67 pts (Washington Capitals) 6.
Connecticut Whale 64 pts (New York Rangers) 7.
Manchester Monarchs 61 pts (Los Angeles Kings) 8.
Albany Devils 60 pts (New Jersey Devils) 9.
Springfield Falcons 58 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets) 10.
Providence Bruins 58 pts (Providence Bruins) 11.
Worcester Sharks 57 pts (San Jose Sharks) 12.
Portland Pirates 56 pts (Phoenix Coyotes) 13.
Adirondack Phantoms 55 pts (Philadelphia Flyers) 14.
Syracuse Crunch 52 pts (Anaheim Ducks) 15.
Binghamton Senators 46 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Bolts Beyond the AHLVladislav Namestnikov
, the Lightning’s first-round pick in 2011, has five points (2g, 3a) in his last three games for the OHL’s London Knights. London has a 44-14-1-0 record, has clinched a playoff spot and has eight more points than any other team in the OHL. Namestnikov, a 19-year-old Russian, is the Knights’ second-leading scorer with 67 points (20g, 47a) on the season.
Pat Nagle, a free-agent signing out of Ferris State, was named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19. Nagle has an 18-14-3 record with the Florida Everblades, who have won four of their past six games and are eighth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-23-2-4.
Alex Killorn, a 2008 Lightning fourth-round draft pick, continues to lead the Harvard Crimson in goals (18) and points (36). With a 10-8-11 record, Harvard sits in third place of the ECAC entering its conference playoffs.