Desjardins, Cedrick

AHL Game Night: 3/19/11 Devils at Admirals

The Presov Mafia almost completes the comeback.

NOR-5 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being pulled after the first period. Jaroslav Janus entered and allowed 2 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way before allowing 1 of 5 shooters to convert to take the shootout loss.

First Period
ALB Magnan, (2) (Anderson), 2:01
ALB Wiseman, (14) (Mills, Gionta), 12:08
ALB Zajac, (2) (McIntyre), 18:24

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (17) (Labrie, Harju), 2:03
NOR Roy, (3) (Milam), 15:17 (PP)
ALB Zalewski, (13) (Perkovich, Wiseman), 19:29

Third Period
NOR Durno, (17) (Labrie, Angelidis), 1:00
NOR Szczechura, (18) (Pouliot, Vernace), 3:16 (PP)
ALB Anderson, (21) (Wiseman, Urbom), 3:50
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Wright), 7:34


ALB- Zalewski

Paul Szczechura was the game's 2nd star. After months of wandering aimlessly without his family's Michael Corleone, Juraj Simek, to direct him, Vladimir Mihalik finally scored his first goal of the season 7:34 into the final frame to tie the game and force overtime. Janus and Mihalik almost made Albany sleep with the fishes.

Mike McKenna turned away 40 shots and all 5 shooters he faced to get some revenge on his former club.

Norfolk keeps pace with Hershey, which lost in OT to Portland, will gain a point on Charlotte with the Checkers getting the snot beat out of them 6-1 in the final period in Syracuse (BoltProspects projects Syracuse will beat Charlotte!), and they lose 1 point to Binghamton, which blanked Springfield 2-0. So, at the end of the night, Norfolk will be tied with Charlotte for 3rd in the East Division at 84 points with 2 games in hand and they'll remain 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. They'll also be 7 points up on Binghamton with 1 game in hand. 12 games remain in the regular season, and just a couple more wins will likely give Norfolk enough points to get a playoff spot, considering they also picked up a point on Worcester in the crossover tonight and will be a full 10 points up on the Sharks with 1 game in hand. Worcester would have to make up a 10 point deficit in their remaining 11 games, and that seems unlikely. So now, it's all about seeding and the outside chance of catching Hershey and getting home ice for the opening round.

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AHL Game Night: 3/18/11 Devils at Admirals

Return of The Entertainer.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the win in his first game back from injury. Desjardins has been on the shelf since a January 16th tilt in Charlotte, and returns not a moment too soon with Dustin Tokarski day to day with an undisclosed injury.

First Period
NOR Marks, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 6:08
NOR Wright, (16) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 8:38

Second Period
ALB Henrique, (23) (Sestito, Magnan), 1:05 (SH)
NOR Fornataro, (17) (Pouliot, Vernace), 6:53 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (7) (Szczechura, Desjardins), 19:19 (EN)

Matt Fornataro, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Desjardins were the game's three stars.

Unfortunately, the win didn't net any gains in the standings as Norfolk tries to track down Charlotte and Hershey for 3rd and 2nd place in the East Division, respectively. Both teams won tonight, leaving Norfolk 1 point back of Charlotte with 2 games in hand and 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. Norfolk did gain 2 points on 5th place Binghamton and now hold a 7 point edge on the Senators with 1 game in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds a 9 point edge on Worcester with 1 game in hand.

The Admirals are now just a few points shy of the roughly 88-90 points they'll likely need to secure a playoff spot, as they now have 83 points with 13 games left in the regular season. Norfolk had 84 points at the end of last season, finishing just 2 points behind Bridgeport, which earned the final playoff spot in the East Division via the crossover rule. A win tomorrow night against Albany will help the club match its point total from all of last year. Norfolk has improved its point total in each subsequent season of its affiliation with the Lightning, which began in 2007-2008.

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AHL Game Day: 3/13/11 Admirals at Bears

Tic puts the forcefield up in the shootout.

HER-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 of 25 shots before beating all 5 Hershey shooters in the shootout for the victory. Tokarski improved to 19-15-4 on the season with 2 shutouts, a 2.41 GAA and .910 save percentage. It's expected that Cedrick Desjardins will see his first action back next weekend, but it should be kept in mind that Tokarski's GAA and save percentage are actually better than Desjardins' 2.56 GAA and .906 save percentage. Two good goaltenders = a good problem for Norfolk to have.

First Period
HER McNeill, (5) (Fahey, Perreault), 12:07 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Berry, (13) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:19 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Wright, (15) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:22 (PP)
HER Greentree, (25) (Kozek, Willsie), 9:29


NOR- Harju

Tokarski and Stefano Giliati were the game's first and second stars. Giliati made two great power play assists in the contest, and Mark Barberio also assisted on both power play goals. Barberio now has 2 goals and 4 points in the last 3 and has 26 points on the season. If he could get to 30 points this year, that'd be nice output for a rookie campaign. James Wright became the 8th Admiral to hit the 15 goal plateau this season with his goal. 8 forwards who can put the puck in the back of the net = another good problem for Norfolk to have. It'll be interesting to see how many Admirals can get to 20 goals by the end of the regular season.

Norfolk cashes in a game in hand a leaps 1 point ahead of Charlotte for 3rd place in the East Division with 1 game still in hand on the Checkers. They're also now 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand and 2 more head-to-head matchups against the Bears at Scope left on the schedule. So, 2nd place remains in reach. Norfolk also expanded their lead over 5th place Binghamton back to 6 points and a 7 point lead over Worcester and Connecticut in the crossover. So, whereas the Lightning are fading a bit right now, Norfolk is starting to surge.

There are 14 games left in the regular season. Norfolk is off until next Friday and Saturday when Albany comes to town. Albany sits in 6th in the East Division at 6 games under .500, and it is expected Cedrick Desjardins will return to the crease in one of those games.

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AHL Game Night: 1/18/11 Crunch at Admirals

The Lightning wins the first half of their AHL/NHL battle with the Columbus organization.

Correction: Columbus' affiliation with Syracuse ended last season. Syracuse is now the Ducks' affiliate.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory. And, just like that, Tic has a three game winning streak at just the right time with Cedrick Desjardins going on the shelf due to injury.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Milam, (8) (Jones, Szczechura), 2:47
SYR Bonino, (4) (Paetsch, Green), 7:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Gudas, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 0:47

Radko Gudas, Troy Milam, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Gudas is riding a three game points streak to go along with his ever-impressive plus/minus statistics.

Norfolk moves four points ahead of Charlotte again in second place in the East Division, nine points behind first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had opened as big as a thirteen point advantage recently.

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AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

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AHL Game Night: 1/14/11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

Admirals power play does its part to right the ship.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (10) (Szczechura, Wright), 3:03
BRI Motherwell, (2) (Svendsen), 15:45

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Jones, Bergeron), 6:41 (PP)
BRI Haley, (11) (Figren, Katic), 9:14 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (13) (Harju, Pouliot), 17:07 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Milam, Jones), 14:05 (PP)
NOR Marks, (3) (Milam, Durno), 17:41

Paul Szczechura, Blair Jones, and Troy Milam were the game's three stars.

Norfolk's power play was 3-for-4 on the night, and that's your hockey game, right there. Norfolk's win temporarily puts them back in a tie for second place in the division with Charlotte, with the Checkers tied 5-5 with Manchester late in the third period. Norfolk will hold 3 games in hand on Charlotte at the end of the night, regardless of the outcome. Hershey lurks three points back with two games in hand, and are up 2-0 late in the third against Adirondack.

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AHL Game Night: 1/11/11 Checkers at Admirals

Is it time for the Admirals to start bailing water out of the ship?


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He has to be wondering why all that goal support he was getting the first couple of months of the season has evaporated.

First Period
CHA Osala, (9) (Sutter, Terry), 11:16

Second Period

Third Period
CHA Blanchard, (3) (Samson, McNicoll), 10:49
NOR Pouliot, (10) , 14:52

Desjardins was named the second star of the game.

Norfolk is now 2-4-3-1 in their last 10 games. 2 regulation wins in 10 tries is pretty poor, no matter how you slice it. Their 138 goals are still the most in the league, but they've been held to 2 or fewer goals in 5 of their last 8 games. Unsurprisingly, they're 0-3-1-1 in those games. There's your losing streak, and it's also no coincidence that All-Star selection Johan Harju has just 1 goal in his last 9 games. Not to put it all on one guy, but he was one of the players acting as the straw that stirred the drink earlier in the season. He needs to round back into form. Pure speculation, but I wonder if he may be down seeing his buddy Linus Omark get more opportunities with Edmonton. He shouldn't feel that way if he does, though. Edmonton's getting their brains beat in on a nightly basis while, if Harju picks his production back up, there's certainly a good shot he could be up in Tampa when the rosters expand as the Lightning push toward the playoffs. That's somewhere Omark and the Oilers aren't going without buying tickets, I assure you.

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AHL Game Night: 1/7/11 Whale at Admirals

Resisting the cheap "Admirals Harpoon Whale" opening...


Cedrick Desjardins stopped 24 of 26 shots to improve to 13-5-1 this season.

First Period
NOR Harju, (15) (Pouliot, Durno), 0:17
CT Dupont, (6) (Tessier), 8:45

Second Period
NOR Wright, (11) (Fornataro, Szczechura), 10:06
CT Williams, (2) (White, Nightingale), 15:00

Third Period
NOR Vernace, (6) (Jones), 11:22
NOR Angelidis, (12) (Jones, Berry), 11:45
NOR Durno, (11) (Pouliot, Quick), 12:30

Blair Jones, Chris Durno, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars.

Johan Harju broke a 4 game pointless skid and a 6 game goalless skid. Radko Gudas improved to +16 for the season with a +3 effort. He's tied with Chris Durno and now one plus behind AHL leader Mike Angelidis of the Ads. That's right, three of the four league leaders in plus-minus are Norfolk Admirals.

Incidentally, rebranding your team in the middle of the season is odd. The Whale was the Hartford Wolf Pack a few months ago, if you were wondering.

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NHL Game Night: 1/1/11 Rangers at Lightning

Cedrick the Entertainer is bidding to stick around a while.

TB-2 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 34 of 35 shots to improve to 2-0-0. He's earned another start, IMO.

First Period
13:03 TB Tyrell (4), Thompson (8)

Second Period

Third Period
19:14 NYR Gaborik (11), Girardi (17)

00:19 TB Thompson (6), Tyrell (5), Lundin (8)

Desjardins and Nate Thompson were the game's first and third stars.

Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 7:55.

Dana Tyrell had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:12. It was Dana's first multi-point NHL game.

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NHL Game Night: 12/30/10 Canadiens at Lightning

An emphatic result for the Lightning and for several members of the team who come from the Montreal area.


Cedrick Desjardins entertained the crowd by stopping 27 of 28 shots to win his NHL debut. I think you saw displayed tonight some of his strengths and weaknesses: he's incredibly quick and athletic with great flexibility, but on the same token sometimes he gets off his angle or has some holes open up when he's scrambling because he doesn't have the tightest technique. I especially wonder if he can keep playing as low to the ice as he did tonight in close, because he seemed to be giving an abnormally high amount of net from three feet and up in the cage. We'll see if NHL shooters catch up to that.

My measuring stick for this type of goaltender is whether you scare me more or less than Rick Tabaracci did back in the day, and the jury remains out of Desjardins. But you can't complain about the outcome and I think you can make a very good argument that he earned another start with how he played tonight.

First Period
00:58 MTL Pacioretty (2), Gomez (13)

Second Period
02:48 TB St Louis (16), Lecavalier (9), Stamkos (24)(PP)
12:31 TB Kubina (2), St Louis (34), Stamkos (25)

Third Period
01:46 TB Stamkos (30), unassisted(PS)
04:40 TB Stamkos (31), Malone (20), Hedman (12)

Steven Stamkos, Desjardins, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. For Stamkos, at 20 years of age, to have 31 goals now before the calendar even changes to 2011 is remarkable. Again, I hope the hockey media grasps what the real story is: it's not that Stamkos continues to push Sid Crosby in the scoring chase, it's that he's not even 21 and he's pushing Crosby in the scoring chase. When he gets to be Crosby's age 3 years or so down the line, how good do you think he'll be? I have my theory, and I'm excited about the future.

Tampa Bay will end 2010 in first place in the Southeast Division, albeit by a tiebreaker with Washington due to having 1 game in hand. They also have an 11 point lead in the standings on 9th place Carolina, which is very reassuring. Interestingly, Tampa Bay is still -2 in goal differential for the season, but that's a drastically improved situation from where the team sat just a few weeks ago. I like to look at goal differential because it really is a measure of consistency and whether a team is competitive night in and night out, even in losses, or do they get blown out when they lose. I don't think a team with a bad goal differential in the regular season is a team that is very well built for the playoffs, so continues improvement in that category for the Lightning is a necessary evolution as they push to possibly exceed the goal of being a playoff team and instead be a team that can be elite and make a deep playoff run.

Dana Tyrell played 13:51 in the match and seemed to be a target for the Canadiens all night long. They're brave men, going after a hulking 5'11" 185 lbs rookie. The thing about Tyrell and a player like Sean Bergenheim is that they become targets because they're a pain in the ass to play against because their speed and tenacity means they're always around the puck making an opponent work, and guys don't like to have to work. The 1995-96 team that made the playoffs was filled almost exclusively with guys like that: Burr, Cullen, Zamuner, Andersson, Gavey. Those types of players can make a team with ordinary scoring talent good and a team with good scoring line talent great. Consider the 2003-2004 team with: Modin, Taylor, Afanasenkov, Clymer, Cibak, and Dingman. The Lightning teams that have been really good over the years have been the ones that have 4-5 of these types of players, and this Lighting team has: St. Louis, Downie, Bergenheim, Thompson, Hall, Tyrell. They can do some business with guys like that which are annoyingly active for an opposing team to have to deal with. So, becoming a target like tonight means you're doing some things right as a hockey player. Credit to Tyrell in that his motor never stops, regardless of how many times he gets knocked down.

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