This definitely wasn’t a slow news day.
With the Thuresson call-up and the Lundmark sail-setting, there was plenty to talk about at the Bradley Center Saturday night….in addition to the regularly scheduled game against the Toronto Marlies.
Scoreless through three periods and five minutes of OT, Mark Van Guilder was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Admirals the 1-0 victory Saturday night.
You might think that since there were no goals, that it was a boring ho-hum kind of game. That could not be farther from the truth. Despite the low scoring affair, it was a very exciting game with lots of offensive chances for both teams thwarted by two goaltenders who resembled brick walls.
And now, I present, Coach Lambert.
The Admirals dictated play for the first period, with newly returned Linus Klasen responsible for setting up some scoring chances for others, and a few for himself. Despite playing much of the period in the offensive zone, they only outshot the Marlies by a 7-4 margin.
The first five minutes of the second period had some swarms around the Toronto net, but Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens was able to keep the puck out.
The rest of the period belonged to the Marlies, and Mark Dekanich made a slew of NHL caliber saves, many of them involving lateral movement in the crease. And I can’t emphasize enough how great his rebound control was throughout the whole game.
The Marlies outshot the Admirals 17-5 in the second period.
Both teams had great chances in the 3rd, as the Marlies had a pair of breakaways off of turnovers from Jon Blum and Brett Palin. The Admirals had 49 seconds with a 5-on-3 power play, and controlled the play during the PP, but came up empty in terms of goals.
In the shootout, Linus Klasen tried a little dipsy-doo on his attempt…we’ll call it slight-of-stick….it almost worked, but he ran out of room, and lost control of the puck.
Scrivens saved Mark Santorelli’s shot, won the staring contest against Klasen, saved Halischuk’s shot, but was beaten by Van Guilder’s wrister. Roman Josi tried Klasen’s patented slow-down play in the 5th round, but hasn’t quite mastered it yet. Do you think Van Guilder is the odd guy in that shootout lineup? Coach Lambert doesn’t think so.
Meanwhile Mark Dekanich faced two missed shots, a great glove save, a great right pad save, and a poke check on Mike Zigomanis to seal the deal in the 5th round.
Bourque – Geoffrion – Santorelli
Klasen – Halischuk – Thang
Wilson – Hunter – Gendur
Flynn – Van Guilder – Bartlett
– Anyone miss Lundmark or Thuresson? Coach didn’t really want to talk about it after the game, but here was his comment.
– How about those missed checks by the Marlies tonight? Ever seen a player miss and then go head first into their own bench?
– Dekanich. Talk about a guy who was in the zone tonight.
– Klasen. Bit of a puck hog tonight. Lots of skating with the puck, but the Marlies gave him a TON of room to work. Would prefer that he get rid of the puck instead of turning around and reversing course so much. But there were some signs of creativity that on some nights will turn in to goals for him or his teammates. Here’s Coach Lambert on Klasen’s night.
– Only 17 shots on goal during regulation for the Admirals. They had a lot of blocked shots, but still. Tough to win when that few are getting through.
– Not liking Blum’s turnovers lately.
– The tweet of the night comes from the Norfolk Admirals. The original tweet has been taken down….but the apology is still up. The “I” and the “O” keys are so close to each other, and if you’re typing real fast…..you might have to make this apology sometime too.
“WOW. I apologize for that typo, everyone. Gudas took a SHOT. He took a SHOT.”
– And I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sutty’s team, the Seattle Freaking Seahawks, for keeping the dream alive that a 7-9 team MIGHT win the Super Bowl. All hell would break loose, and it would be beautiful!
See ya’ll back here tomorrow.