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Lardner ... what a pickup!

What a midseason pickup Tab Lardner has proved to be, eh? In 52 games with the Komets, he has 28 goals and 42 points.

That includes both goals tonight, as the Komets lead the Colorado Eagles 2-0 late in the first period.

Lardner scored during a 2-on-1 rush with a shot from the right circle. And then he scored on a short-handed breakaway; he hopped out of the penalty box, accepted a pass from Danny Lapointe and beat goaltender Kyle Jones high.

The Komets are going after not only the seventh seed -- they clinch it with a victory -- but the sixth, which they get with a win and a Quad City loss in regulation.

That's actually sort of amazing that the Komets, given all their struggles, could finish as high as sixth. That would set up a showdown with Rapid City, Bloomington or Missouri.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at