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Last updated: March 26, 2011 8:16 p.m.

Lardner ... what a pickup!

Justin A. Cohn
The Journal Gazette

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.