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East Notes: Atlantic race tightens

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Adirondack has earned a point in nine of its last 10 games (5-1-1-3) to pull out of last place in the East Division and to within one point of sixth-place Albany… The Phantoms play each of their next three games against the Devils, beginning with a home-and-home set this weekend… In Friday’s visit to New York’s capital, the Phantoms will be gunning for their first three-game winning streak since taking four in a row from Dec. 31 to Jan. 5… Denis Hamel tallied a goal in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Binghamton, his first marker since recording a hat trick on Feb. 5 at Hamilton… Defenseman Danny Syvret brings a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) into the weekend.
 
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Albany halted a three-game losing skid on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory at Binghamton… The Devils have scored more than three regulation goals just once in their last 15 games, a 5-4 triumph over Worcester on Feb. 18… Devils rookie Adam Henrique has netted a goal in three straight games (3-1-4) and is now tied for third among all AHL first-year pros with 20 goals (20-18-38) in 54 contests overall… Henrique’s 38 points are also good for a share of third among league rookies… All-Star forward Matt Anderson has racked up 3-8-11 in his last eight games for the Devils, who host Norfolk on Friday before playing a home-and-home set with Adirondack.
 
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Binghamton went on a season-high eight-game winning streak from Feb. 5-25 but is without a victory in three outings since (0-2-0-1)… The eight-game run was one win shy of the Senators’ franchise-record nine-game win streak established from Jan. 7-26, 2005… Binghamton enters the weekend six points up on Worcester for the Eastern Conference’s crossover playoff spot… Captain Ryan Keller has caught fire with eight goals and 13 points in his last eight contests after totaling just one assist in his previous seven games… Goaltender Barry Brust’s personal 11-game winning streak ended in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Albany; Brust had not lost since 4-2 setback in Charlotte on Jan. 2.
 
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Bridgeport has dropped its last three contests and hits the road for its next six games, including visits to Portland and Providence this weekend… The Sound Tigers, who have not been to Providence since Nov. 19, will battle the Bruins three times on this trip… Since going scoreless in three straight games from Jan. 14-18, Justin DiBenedetto has recorded a point in 12 of 17 contests (11-7-18)… Bridgeport boasts two players among the AHL’s top 20 rookie scorers in Rhett Rakhshani (12-26-38) and David Ullstrom (12-19-31).
 
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Charlotte has earned a point in six straight games (4-0-0-2) and 11 of its last 13 outings (8-2-1-2)… The Checkers have opened up a three-point lead on Norfolk for third place in the East Division and are just four points back of second-place Hershey… Rookie Zac Dalpe, who leads AHL rookies with 43 points (18-25-43) in 43 games, has registered seven points (2-5-7) in his last five contests… Matthew Pistilli shows a goal in four of his last six games (4-1-5), and defenseman Ethan Graham has an assist in four straight (0-5-5)… Charlotte plays three road games in New England this weekend, visiting Providence, Worcester, and Manchester.
 
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Connecticut’s 3-2 win over Springfield on Wednesday marked its first game at the XL Center since a 3-2 loss to Portland on Feb. 6… The Whale played seven of their last eight games on the road, and the one home tilt in that stretch was the outdoor “Whale Bowl” contest at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn… Recent acquisition John Mitchell scored the late game-winning goal in his Whale debut on Wednesday, taking advantage of a strange carom in the offensive zone… Defenseman Stu Bickel notched his first goal of the season in that game… The Whale’s playoff push continues this weekend with visits to the two teams fighting with them for the Atlantic Division’s final guaranteed spot – Springfield on Saturday and Worcester on Sunday.
 
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Hershey had allowed just two goals in its first three games vs. Norfolk this season before surrendering six in Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Admirals… It marked the Bears’ third lopsided loss in a three-week span, following a 7-1 setback in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 13 and a 5-0 loss to Charlotte on Feb. 20… The Bears still own a four-point lead on the Checkers for second place in the East Division… Rookie Shane Owen became the sixth goaltender to appear in a game for Hershey this season when he came on in relief on Wednesday… Braden Holtby (23 games), Dany Sabourin (23), Todd Ford (12), Jared DeMichiel (5), and Semyon Varlamov (3) have also tended goal for the Bears.
 
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Atlantic Division-leading Manchester dropped a 5-2 decision at Worcester on Sunday, and in this Friday’s return visit to play the Sharks, the Monarchs will be looking to avoid their first two-game regulation losing skid since losses to Providence and Binghamton on Jan. 21 and 22… The Monarchs sit four points up on second-place Portland but have played four more games than the Pirates… Reigning Reebok/AHL rookie of the month Brandon Kozun is on a five-game scoring streak (4-5-9) and has a point in nine of his last 10 contests (8-7-15), including five multiple-point efforts in that span… Corey Elkins snapped a seven-game drought with both markers for Manchester on Sunday.
 
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Norfolk has collected a point in five straight games (3-0-0-2), its longest such run since winning five in a row from Jan. 14-21… Blair Jones has netted the game-winning goal in each of the Admirals’ last three non-shootout victories, and Jones now boasts six game-winners for the year, tied for third-most in the AHL… Jones is riding a three-game goal-scoring run (4-0-4), while Mattias Ritola put up 2-9-11 in just nine games since joining the Admirals… Defenseman Troy Milam shows a point in three of his last four outings (1-4-5)… The Admirals hit the road this weekend for games in Albany, Hershey, and Binghamton.
 
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Following Tuesday’s 6-2 win over Worcester, Portland’s most recent three non-shootout victories have come by a combined score of 19-5… The Pirates are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games to pull within four-points of first-place Manchester in the Atlantic Division with four games in hand… Mark Mancari (32-32-64) is now second in the AHL in goals to Hamilton’s Nigel Dawes (33), and his 64 points are tied for second behind Binghamton’s Corey Locke (72)… Rookie Luke Adam has registered seven goals (7-4-11) in his last nine games after going without a goal in his first nine games back from an NHL stint with Buffalo.
 
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Providence, which has never missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, enters the weekend nine points out of the Atlantic Division’s final guaranteed spot after missing the 2010 postseason… The Bruins split a two-game visit to Abbotsford last weekend, earning a 4-0 win on Friday and dropping a 6-2 decision on Saturday… Rookie Maxime Sauve totaled three goals in the two contests and took over the team lead with 17 tallies (17-7-24) for the season, one more than club points leader Jamie Arniel (16-21-37)…Zach Hamill boasts 2-4-6 in seven games since returning from parent-club Boston… The Bruins host Charlotte and Bridgeport this weekend.
 
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Bidding for their first playoff berth since 2003, Springfield is just two points back of third-place Connecticut in the Atlantic Division… The Falcons lost to the Whale on Wednesday after dropping a 5-4 decision in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, and Springfield is now on its first two-game losing skid since falling four times in a row from Jan. 14-19… Tomas Kana is on a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) for the Falcons, while rookie Tomas Kubalik has a goal in three of four (3-1-4) and has moved within a point of the league rookie scoring lead with 42 points overall (20-22-42)… The Falcons host Connecticut on Saturday and visit Portland on Sunday.
 
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Syracuse has dropped three straight games (0-2-1-0) since taking a 4-3 shootout win over Charlotte on Feb. 22… The Crunch continue a stretch of playing seven straight games against the Western Conference this week when they travel to Texas for games in Houston (Friday), San Antonio (Saturday), and Cedar Park (Monday)… Syracuse will then host Texas the following Friday… Rookie Nicolas Deschamps saw his six-game scoring streak (3-5-8) end in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Rochester… Deschamps (12-21-33) and Kyle Palmieri (14-17-31) still rank among the AHL’s top 20 rookie scorers in 2010-11.
 
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In his second game back from an NHL stint with Pittsburgh, Brett Sterling scored a pair of third-period goals to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-4 win over Springfield on Sunday.. Sterling, who posted 3-2-5 in seven games with the NHL Penguins, is now up to 20 AHL goals for the year (20-21-41 in 48 GP)… The Penguins reached the season’s three-quarter mark at a league-best 44-16-0-0 (88 points)… Rookie Ben Street completed an impressive February with nine goals and 12 points in 11 games… The Pens visit Toronto on Friday, have Saturday off, and travel to Hershey on Sunday for a showdown with the second-place Bears.
 
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Worcester is 4-4-1-2 in 11 games since losing starting goaltender Alex Stalock to injury on Feb. 4… Those four victories have been won by four different goaltenders – Carter Hutton, Daren Machesney, Jeff Jakaitis, and Tyson Sexsmith… The Sharks are just one point back of Connecticut for a guaranteed playoff spot and hold a game in hand on the Whale… Dan DaSilva snapped an eight-game drought with a goal in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Portland… Jamie McGinn is on a three-game scoring streak (3-1-4) and has totaled 12 points (7-5-12) in just 14 AHL games on the year… Worcester hosts Manchester, Charlotte, and Connecticut at the DCU Center this weekend.