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East Notes: Devils, Monarchs streaking

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Adirondack has captured two straight wins and is 5-2-1-0 in its last eight contests… Goaltender Michael Leighton has put up a 4-2-0 record over that span for the Phantoms… Mike Testwuide has netted a goal in four of his last seven games (5-2-7), and Michael Ryan shows seven points (1-6-7) in his last seven outings… Denis Hamel continues to lead the Phantoms with 21 goals and 40 points through 52 games, and 10 of the veteran’s 21 tallies have come on the power play… Adirondack visits Toronto on Saturday in its lone game of the weekend.
 
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Albany has matched a franchise record with its current five-game winning streak and is 7-2-0-0 in its last nine contests… While based in Lowell, Mass., the Devils also won five in a row from Nov. 21-29, 2008, and again from Nov. 7-14, 2009… Though its hopes are still dim, Albany is now 13 points back of Binghamton for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Chad Wiseman has paced the Devils with seven goals and nine points over this five-game surge, and Alexander Vasyunov is riding a three-game scoring run (1-3-4)… The Devils look to stay hot this weekend when they travel to Norfolk for a two-game set with the Admirals.
 
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Binghamton is just 2-6-0-1 since its season-best eight-game winning streak came to an end, and the Senators are now only one point up on Worcester and Connecticut for the Eastern Conference’s crossover playoff spot… The B-Sens have been outscored 18-6 in their last three losses, which includes a pair in Norfolk and one to Adirondack on the road… Roman Wick has continued producing offensively with three goals and six points in his last six games, and AHL leading scorer Corey Locke (18-58-76) is on a three-game assist streak (0-3-3)… The Senators return home to battle Portland and Springfield this weekend before a Sunday visit to Bridgeport.
 
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Bridgeport halted an eight-game winless skid (0-7-0-1) with a 5-1 victory on Sunday in Providence before dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to Charlotte on Wednesday… The Sound Tigers have not won in regulation since a 4-1 win over the Bruins on Feb. 23… Despite the team’s struggles, Rhett Rakhshani still ranks second among AHL rookies in assists (40) and tied for second in points (46) through 55 outings this season… Rakhshani has collected a point in four of his last five games (3-4-7) and six of eight (5-4-9)… Bridgeport hosts Charlotte again on Friday before welcoming Manchester and Bridgeport to close the weekend.
 
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Charlotte has not scored more than three goals in any of its last four games but has managed a 3-1-0-0 record in that span… Back further, the Checkers have gone eight straight without a four-goal game since earning a 5-1 win over Connecticut on Feb. 24… Nonetheless, the Checkers are one point ahead of Norfolk for third place in the East Division race… Forward Zac Dalpe is tied for third among AHL rookies in assists (27) and tied for second in points (46) despite playing just 49 games for the Checkers this season… Goaltender Mike Murphy (20-11-3) has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in his pro career… The Checkers visit Bridgeport again on Friday before closing the weekend with games in Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre.
 
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Connecticut split a home-and-home set with Worcester last weekend and is now tied with the Sharks for the Atlantic Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot… Kris Newbury has been on fire since returning from the parent N.Y. Rangers, recording a point in six straight games (5-5-10) and multiple points in three of the six… Brodie Dupont has also found his touch with a point in six of his last seven contests (1-9-10), including a four-assist performance at Worcester on Mar. 6… Rookie Blake Parlett went scoreless in his first six games with the Whale but has a point in five of six since (1-6-7)… The Whale visit Manchester on Friday before hosting Providence and Springfield to close the weekend.
 
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Each of Hershey’s last four games has been decided by one goal, and the Bears have posted a 2-0-0-1 record in that span… The Bears are comfortably in second place in the East Division at the moment, nine points back of first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and six points up on third-place Charlotte… Kyle Greentree is on a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4), and his 25 goals for the season (25-30-55) are one shy of Brian Willsie (26-33-59) for the team lead… With 11 games left, Greentree has a chance to reach 30 goals for the second time in his career; he scored 39 for Quad City in 2008-09… The Bears make a one-stop trip to New England to battle Springfield on Friday before returning home to host Portland and Syracuse.
 
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Manchester sits atop the Atlantic Division at 41-21-2-6 (90 points), three points better than second-place Portland, but the Monarchs’ 70 games played are more than anyone else in the Eastern Conference… The Monarchs are on a three-game winning streak and show a 7-3-0-1 mark in their last 11 contests… Manchester now features four 20-goal scorers in Bud Holloway (24-27-51), Oscar Moller (22-27-49), Dwight King (21-23-44), and rookie Brandon Kozun (21-23-44)… Justin Azevedo and Corey Elkins are each three goals from the 20-mark… Manchester hosts Connecticut and Worcester this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Bridgeport in between.
 
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Norfolk is on a three-game winning streak and has won six of eight (6-2-0-0), and the Admirals have opportunity to make up more ground as they begin a five-game homestand with a pair of weekend dates against surging Albany… Norfolk enters the weekend one point back of third-place Charlotte in the East Division but holds two games in hand… Norfolk’s penalty kill has converted 58 of 64 chances (90.6 percent) over its last 15 games… James Wright followed a 28-game goal-scoring drought with a trio of tallies in the third period of Friday’s 8-3 win over Binghamton… Mark Barberio (9-17-26) has established a franchise record for goals and points by a rookie defenseman.
 
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Portland sits three points out of first place in the Atlantic Division but still holds a whopping five games in hand on first-place Manchester… The Pirates’ six-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 4-2 loss to the Monarchs… That also marked the end of goaltender David Leggio’s personal 10-game winning streak, which began back on Jan. 14 vs. Connecticut… Mark Voakes started his AHL career with a three-game goal-scoring streak and a four-game points streak… Luke Adam is on a seven-game scoring streak (8-6-14) and paces all AHL rookies with 25 goals and 49 points in just 43 games… The Pirates hit the road this weekend for games in Binghamton, Hershey, and Providence.
 
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Providence had matched a season high with four straight wins before dropping back-to-back games to Portland and Bridgeport last weekend… The Bruins remain nine points out of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 13 games to play… Rookie Maxime Sauve saw his eight-game scoring streak (5-6-11) come to an end in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Sound Tigers, but Trent Whitfield extended his own scoring streak to six games (6-6-12)… Saturday’s 5-4 loss in Portland marked goaltender Anton Khudobin’s first setback in five appearances since joining the Bruins (4-1-0)… The B’s host Worcester and Portland this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Connecticut in between.
 
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Springfield is currently on an eight-game winless skid (0-7-1-0) which has put a serious dent in the club’s postseason hopes… The Falcons are currently tied with Providence, nine points back of Connecticut for the Atlantic’s final guaranteed entry… Tomas Kubalik is still in the rookie scoring race, though, currently ranking fourth with 45 points (22-23-45) in 67 games… Kubalik’s 22 goals are tied for third among first-year pros… Petr Kalus notched his first goal in six games with the Falcons on Wednesday at Manchester… Springfield hosts Hershey on Friday and then travels to Binghamton and Connecticut this weekend.
 
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Syracuse managed just two goals in dropping back-to-back games to in-state rival Albany on Sunday and Wednesday, and the Crunch now rank 29th in the AHL in overall offense (2.41 goals per game)… Patrick Maroon remains the Crunch’s leader in both goals (18) and points (36) in 53 contests this season… Syracuse had scored the first goal in five consecutive games prior to allowing it in Sunday’s 4-1 loss in Albany… The Crunch host Toronto and Charlotte on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before closing the weekend with a Sunday trip to Hershey.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished 3-0-0-1 on its four-game road swing through Abbotsford and Manitoba, and the Penguins upped their AHL-best record to 48-18-0-1 (97 points)… The Penguins own nearly identical records at home (24-9-0-0) and on the road (24-9-0-1) with 13 games left to play… Bryan Lerg is on a five-game scoring streak (2-3-5) for the Penguins after totaling a goal and an assist in his previous 15 contests… Goaltender Brad Thiessen leads the AHL in wins (29-7-1), goals-against average (1.90), and shutouts (7)… The Pens host Worcester and Charlotte this weekend.
 
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Worcester is tied with Connecticut for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot as it embarks on a tough stretch of four road games in five days… The Sharks visit Providence on Friday before battling division leaders Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Manchester on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and second-place Portland on Tuesday… Once this stretch is complete, the Sharks will play six of their final nine games at the DCU Center… John McCarthy was recalled by parent-club San Jose after registering a point in three straight games (2-2-4)… Rookie Tommy Wingels has a goal in three straight (4-0-4) for the Sharks, and Brandon Mashinter shows a point in four of his last five outings (3-1-4).