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LEGGIO BACKSTOPS AMERKS TO 2-0 WIN OVER BULLDOGS

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 9:56 AM / News
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LEGGIO BACKSTOPS AMERKS TO 2-0 WIN OVER BULLDOGS
(Hamilton, ON)\u2026 The Rochester Americans continued their dominance of the Hamilton Bulldogs as David Leggio turned aside all 30 shots he faced to backstop the Amerks to a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs this afternoon at Copps Coliseum. The game was the first of two meetings in five days this week between the North Division foes, who are scheduled to meet again on Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

(Hamilton, ON)… The Rochester Americans continued their dominance of the Hamilton Bulldogs as David Leggio turned aside all 30 shots he faced to backstop the Amerks to a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs this afternoon at Copps Coliseum. The game was the first of two meetings in five days this week between the North Division foes, who are scheduled to meet again on Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

With the win, Rochester improves to 7-1-0-0 in the season series against Hamilton and moves into a two-way tie for second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings with a 27-18-2-1- overall record.

Brayden McNabb and Luke Adam provided the scoring to help the Amerks snap a brief two-game skid on their way to outshooting Hamilton 49-30 throughout the contest.

The shutout is the second of the season for Leggio, who improved to 7-0-0 against Hamilton this season and moved within two wins of matching the career-high 28 victories he captured in 54 games last season with Rochester. Leggio, who has now won eight of his last nine starts, shows an 8-1-0 record with 1.67 goals-against average and .947 save percentage since a 4-1 win against Syracuse on Jan. 18.

Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 47 saves in the loss in just his second game with the Bulldogs after being acquired by the parent Montreal Canadiens in a trade that sent fellow netminder Cedrick Desjardins to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rochester capitalized on its first power-play of the game, needing just 31 seconds of the man-advantage to take a 1-0 lead after Zack Stortini was sent off for hauling down rookie defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. McNabb, who was set up just inside the blueline in the high slot, put a hard shot on goal that made its way through traffic and zipped by the screened Hamilton netminder, which held up to be the game-winner. Nick Crawford and Phil Varone each earned assists on McNabb’s fourth goal of the season at 10:01.

Adam gave the Amerks a two-goal cushion 1:06 into the second period as he finished off a great individual effort with his 11th goal of the campaign. Swinging behind his own net, Adam collected a loose puck off the end boards and raced out of the Rochester zone with Nick Tarnasky in tow. After gaining the Hamilton blueline, and recognizing an open lane to the net with Tarnasky being covered, Adam skated into the left circle and delivered a blast under the left arm of Tokarski to make it a 2-0 game. Zemgus Girgensons and Adam Pardy collected the assists, with Girgensons making a big play in the right corner to allow Adam to spring free.

Leggio would make several quality saves down the stretch, including 17 in the third period alone, to hold off the Bulldogs and lift Rochester to the win.

The Amerks return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 as they entertain a rare visit from the league-leading Texas Stars at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the first of just two meetings between the interconference rivals this season and will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK. The game will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82