BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Alexandre Picard scored twice and Jaroslav Janus stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Norfolk Admirals shut out the Connecticut Whale, 4-0, on Wednesday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With the victory, the Admirals now lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series, three-games-to-two.
Ondrej Palat and Pierre-Cedric Labrie also scored for the Admirals in the win. Norfolk out-shot Connecticut, 35-22.
The Admirals opened scoring 15:15 into the game on Picard’s first goal of the series and fifth of the playoffs overall. The veteran forward took a pass from Labrie and went behind the Connecticut net. He then re-emerged in front and to the left of Whale netminder Cameron Talbot before sending a wraparound shot past the goaltender for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
Picard doubled the lead early in a dominant second period for the visitors. He found the rebound of a Scott Jackson shot in the slot and sent a shot into the net while falling at 2:43. It was the only one of 15 shots by the Admirals to get past Talbot in the second period, as Norfolk out-shot Connecticut, 15-7, in the stanza.
Norfolk went ahead, 3-0, late in the third period. Tyler Johnson chased a dump-in behind the Connecticut net and centered the puck to Palat in the slot. Palat’s wrister beat Talbot, blocker-side, for his third goal of the playoffs at 14:06.
Labrie iced the victory with a goal with 5.2 seconds remaining just after a power play had expired.
Norfolk was 0-for-3 on the power play while Connecticut was 0-for-4.
Cameron Talbot (5-3) made 32 saves on 36 shots for the loss.
Norfolk Admirals 4 at Connecticut Whale 0 – Status: Final
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Webster Bank Arena
Norfolk 1 1 2 – 4
Connecticut 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Picard 5 (Labrie), 15:15. Penalties-Devos Nor (interference), 2:32; Wellman Ct (tripping), 16:54.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Picard 6 (Jackson, Palat), 2:43. Penalties-Janus Nor (tripping), 6:32.
3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Palat 3 (Johnson, Cote), 14:06. 4, Norfolk, Labrie 3 (Angelidis, Segal), 19:54. Penalties-Killorn Nor (hooking), 2:38; Cote Nor (slashing), 9:04; Audy-Marchessault Ct (slashing), 9:56; Picard Nor (roughing), 17:43; Owens Ct (goaltender interference, roughing), 17:43; Conacher Nor (roughing), 19:10; Audy-Marchessault Ct (slashing, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:10.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-15-13-36. Connecticut 6-7-9-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 3; Connecticut 0 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 2-1-0 (22 shots-22 saves). Connecticut, Talbot 5-3-0 (36 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).