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East Notes: Crunch making move, Samson hot

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Adirondack has dropped a season-high four straight games in regulation – totaling five goals in that span – and is 2-7-0-0 in its last nine contests… Goaltender Jeremy Duchesne stopped 23 of 24 shots in his AHL season debut on Saturday vs. Binghamton but took the tough-luck loss in a 1-0 decision… Defenseman Rob Bellamy snapped a 16-game goal-scoring drought in Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Hershey… The Phantoms play three home games in as many nights this weekend, as they welcome Hershey, Providence, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to town.
 
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Albany has earned a point in four straight games (2-0-0-2) after Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Jerome Samson now ranks third in the AHL with 32 goals on the season and has registered a point in 10 of his last 11 contests (11-7-18)… Rookie Chris Terry is riding a seven-game scoring streak (5-5-10), which immediately followed a five-game drought… Goaltender Justin Pogge took three shootout losses in 23 appearances with San Antonio but already shows two shootout losses in his first three outings since joining Albany at the NHL trade deadline… The River Rats conclude a four-game road swing in Rochester on Friday before hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse to close the weekend.
 
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Binghamton, which is currently in a stretch of playing nine of 10 games on the road, has earned a point in five straight outings (4-0-1-0)… Goaltender Chris Holt has been in net for all five contests and has brought his season record back to .500 at 12-12-1 (2.93, .908)… Four of Holt’s 12 victories on the season have come via the shutout, including a 25-save effort in a 1-0 win at Adirondack on Saturday… Josh Hennessy has racked up five points (3-2-5) in his last two contests… Denis Hamel clinched his eighth straight 20-goal season in the AHL on Wednesday at Manchester… The Sens continue their New England tour this weekend with games in Worcester, Portland, and Providence.
 
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Bridgeport won three divisional games in as many nights last weekend and is riding its first three-game winning streak since Nov. 15-21… The Sound Tigers’ longest win streak of the year is four, accomplished during the first four games of the season… Mike Radja has collected four points (1-3-4) in four games since joining the team from Syracuse… Jeremy Reich six points (4-2-6) in his last six games, while Sean Bentivoglio’s four-game scoring streak (2-4-6) ended on Sunday at Manchester… Bridgeport has surrendered a league-low one shorthanded goal on the year, but its power play ranks 25th in the AHL at 15.1 percent… The Sound Tigers visit Norfolk for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Hartford had been 4-0-0-0 against Worcester this season prior to Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to the Sharks… The Wolf Pack are now winless in seven straight games (0-3-3-1) and show just one victory in their last 13 outings (1-8-3-1)… Hartford has lost five straight games which have extended beyond regulation since collecting a 3-2 overtime victory at Lowell on Feb. 3… Defenseman Corey Potter tallied a season-high two goals and three points in Wednesday’s loss at Worcester… Wolf Pack leading scorer Corey Locke (24-47-71) does not have a goal in his last six games, his longest drought since going seven straight games without scoring from Dec. 4-13… Hartford visits Springfield on Friday before hosting Lowell on Saturday.
 
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Keith Aucoin, who signed a two-year contract extension earlier this week, scored the game-winning goal on consecutive nights last weekend as Hershey beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Adirondack by a combined margin of 8-2… Aucoin leads the AHL with 84 points (31-53-84) in 56 games; he’s already set a new career high for goals, and his 84 points are 15 short of the career-best 99 he put up for Albany in 2006-07… The Bears currently lead the AHL in both power play (22.2 percent) and penalty-killing (88.8 percent)… Hershey visits Adirondack, Springfield, and Worcester this weekend.
 
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Lowell has not put together consecutive victories since winning at Hartford and Worcester on Jan. 29-31, but the Devils still occupy fourth place in the Atlantic Division… Lowell allowed a season-high seven goals in Saturday’s 7-5 loss at Springfield… Goaltender Mike McKenna has been between the pipes for all six of the Devils’ shootouts this season, posting a 2-4 mark in the tiebreaker… Ben Walter’s five-game scoring streak (3-4-7) ended Sunday against his former team, but Lowell still earned a 3-2 shootout win at Providence… The Devils are 30-4-2-1 this season when scoring three goals or more, and 3-20-2-3 when scoring fewer than three… Lowell visits Syracuse and Hartford this weekend.
 
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Manchester has scored two or fewer goals in eight of its last 11 games and has posted a 2-5-1-0 record in those eight contests… Goaltender Jonathan Bernier continues to lead the AHL in save percentage (.937) and shutouts (8) while ranking third in goals-against average (2.08) in 49 appearances (26-18-5)… David Meckler has four points (3-1-4) in his last six games after totaling just three assists in his previous 21 outings… The Monarchs have lost five straight games that extended beyond regulation (0-0-2-3) since a 2-1 overtime win at Portland on Dec. 26… Manchester visits Portland on Friday for its lone game of the weekend.
 
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Norfolk is 17-5-1-1 since the All-Star break and still has not dropped back-to-back games since Jan. 15-16, the final two contests before the break… The Admirals have outshot their opponents in nine of their last 10 games and in 18 of their last 24… Forwards Brandon Bochenski (21-19-40), Mark Parrish (15-20-35), and Paul Szczechura (7-19-26) were all recalled by parent-club Tampa Bay last week… Rookie Dana Tyrell is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), and Adam Hall has points in three straight (2-1-3) and five of his last seven (2-4-6)… The Admirals host Bridgeport for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Portland has lost three straight games in regulation for just the second time all season and the first since Oct. 17-23… The Pirates are 2-5-0-0 in their last seven games overall to fall five points back of Worcester for first place in the Atlantic Division… Marc-Andre Gragnani shows 14 points (6-8-14) in 16 games since the beginning of February and has not been held scoreless in more than two straight games since going three tilts without a point from Jan. 9-12… Derek Whitmore has a point in three of his last four contests (2-2-4)… The Pirates play three home games in as many nights this weekend, welcoming Manchester, Binghamton, and Springfield.
 
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Providence is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) and currently sits three points back of Bridgeport for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot… The Bruins are trying to reach postseason play for the 12th consecutive spring since last missing in 1998… Jordan Knackstedt had not put together a scoring streak of longer than three games this season prior to his current five-game run (5-1-6)… Knackstedt now shows 11 goals and 31 points in 52 games this season after totaling 10 goals and 26 points in 71 games as a rookie in 2008-09… Providence is 2-for-its-last-49 on the power play… The B’s host Wilkes-Barre and Binghamton this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Adirondack in between.
 
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Springfield is 3-1-0-0 in its last four games and netted a season-high seven goals in Saturday’s 7-5 win over Lowell… It marked the Falcons’ highest goal output since earning a 7-6 victory over Norfolk on Nov. 21, 2008… Twenty-two-year-old goaltender Bryan Pitton collected his first career AHL win on Saturday… Charles Linglet has registered multiple points in three straight games and has found the scoresheet in six straight (4-7-11)… Linglet ranks third in the AHL in assists (49) and fourth in points (67) while playing all 66 games for Springfield thus far… Chad Wiseman shows a goal in three straight games (4-0-4), and Chris Minard has a pint in three straight (3-2-5)… The Falcons host Hartford and Hershey this weekend before a Sunday trip to Portland.
 
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Beginning with the Mirabito Outdoor Classic on Feb. 20, Syracuse is 6-2-0-0 in its last eight games to pull within five points of Bridgeport for a playoff spot in the East Division… The Crunch were the only AHL team without an overtime win prior to securing a 4-3 decision at Binghamton on Sunday… Defenseman David Liffiton tallied the game-winner in that one, and both of his game-winning markers this season have now come against the Senators… Defenseman Brendan Bell has recorded four goals and five points in his last four games… Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman registered a season-high three points – all assists – on Sunday… Syracuse hosts Lowell and Rochester this weekend before heading to Albany on Sunday afternoon.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 4-2 in shootouts this season with Wednesday’s 4-3 triumph over Albany… All four of the Penguins’ shootout wins have come on home ice… With Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Hershey, Wilkes-Barre has dropped nine consecutive games at Giant Center dating back to Game 1 of the 2009 East Division Finals… The Penguins remain the only AHL team without a point when trailing after two periods (0-23-0-0)… Tim Wallace has registered a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4), as does Dustin Jeffrey (2-1-3)… Goaltender John Curry is 4-1-0 in his last five outings… The Pens visit Providence, Albany, and Adirondack this weekend.
 
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Worcester is 3-1-0-0 in its last four games and has built a five-point lead atop the Atlantic Division… T.J. Trevelyan has notched four game-winning goals since the beginning of February, and his five game-winners on the season rank second on the team to rookie Logan Couture’s eight… Trevelyan (21-14-35 in 47 games) is now tied with Steven Zalewski (21-36-57 in 63 games) for the club lead in goals… Danny Groulx, who still leads all AHL defensemen with 51 points (9-42-51) on the year, snapped a five-game scoring drought with a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over Hartford… The Sharks host Binghamton on Friday and league-leading Hershey on Sunday this weekend, enjoying Saturday night off.