OKC Barons notebook: Barons await opponent

by Michael Baldwin Published: May 16, 2013
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HARTIKAINEN FINISHING STRONG

This probably is Teemu Hartikainen's final stint with the Barons.

The 23-year-old left winger from Finland is going out with a bang.

Hartikainen scored the first goal in Thursday's win and has 11 points in the playoffs.

Including the playoffs, Hartikainen has appeared in 194 games with the Barons. Since the Oilers would have to expose Hartikainen to waivers next season in order to keep him in the AHL, odds are Hartikainen will stick with the Oilers all season or be claimed by another NHL team.

OIL SPILLS

Barons center Anton Lander, who played 56 games with the Oilers last season and was on Edmonton's roster after the NHL lockout ended, probably will miss the Western Conference Finals but might return for the Calder Cup Finals if OKC advances. ... The Barons' five goals in the third period in a Game 4 win Wednesday night was the most in the AHL playoffs since Hershey scored six second-period goals three years ago. ... The Stars owned the best road record in the AHL during the regular season but finished the season 2-7 at the Cox Convention Center, including losing all three playoff games in OKC.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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