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East Notes: Monarchs, Pirates surge to finish

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Adirondack head coach Greg Gilbert became the 15th coach in AHL history to reach 300 career wins on Wednesday courtesy of the Phantoms’ 3-2 overtime triumph over Binghamton… Defenseman Danny Syvret, who missed nearly three months with a separated shoulder, returned to the lineup on Saturday at Albany and recorded a goal and an assist… Syvret, who suffered his injury while playing for parent-club Philadelphia, scored his first AHL goal since Dec. 13… Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson shows five points (1-4-5) in three games since joining the team… The Phantoms close the season with home games this weekend vs. Binghamton and Albany.
 
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Second Team AHL All-Star Jerome Samson, who shows 37 goals and 41 assists in 74 games, needs two more points to become the eighth player in Albany team history to reach the 80-point plateau in a season… Samson has recorded an assist in five straight games, matching defenseman Jamie McBain’s team-high streak from Feb. 6-15… Rookie Zac Dalpe has recorded five goals and six points in seven games for the River Rats since turning pro… Jacob Micflikier shows a point in three straight games (2-2-4) after going scoreless in his previous five outings… Albany visits Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Adirondack this weekend to wrap up the regular season.
 
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Binghamton’s postseason hopes took a big hit with Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Adirondack… To make the playoffs for the first time since 2005, the Senators will need to win their remaining three games and hope both Bridgeport and Norfolk lose out… Ryan Keller tallied his team-leading 33rd and 34th goals of the season on Wednesday and now has a point in five of his last six contests (4-3-7)… Josh Hennessy is on a three-game scoring streak (1-4-5) and shows a point in six of his last seven (4-5-9)… The Sens visit Adirondack again on Friday before ending the season with a home-and-home vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
 
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Bridgeport is tied with Norfolk for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot but would currently lose out based on owning two fewer wins than the Admirals… The Sound Tigers close their regular season with three games this weekend, visiting Lowell on Friday before hosting Manchester and Hartford… Bridgeport is trying to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since earning three straight trips from 2002-04… Third-year pro Sean Bentivoglio (19-25-44) needs one more goal to reach 20 for the first time… Matt Martin has recorded four assists in his last four contests… Bridgeport has scored nine of its 12 shorthanded goals this season on the road.
 
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Hartford suffered its second 9-2 loss of the season on Wednesday when it fell to Worcester; the Wolf Pack also dropped a 9-2 decision at Hershey on Dec. 6… In order to make their 14th straight playoff appearance, the Wolf Pack will need to win their remaining three games and hope for significant help… Dale Weise earned a recall to the N.Y. Rangers last week after tallying a goal in four straight (4-1-5) and six of his last seven games (6-4-10) for Hartford… Kris Newbury is currently on an eight-game scoring streak (1-10-11)… Hartford visits Worcester on Friday, hosts Springfield on Saturday, and visits Bridgeport on Sunday.
 
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Hershey, which enters the final weekend with 121 points, will need to win both games at Norfolk in order to pass the 1992-93 Binghamton Rangers’ AHL-record 124 points in a single season… The Bears have suffered 16 regulation losses this season and have scored more than three goals in only one of those 16 contests… Mathieu Perreault is riding a six-game scoring streak (2-6-8) for the Bears, and Zach Miskovic has netted a goal in three of his last four games played (3-1-4)… Hershey has the AHL’s best penalty-killing unit (87.4 percent) and is tied for the league lead with 17 shorthanded goals, 11 of them on the road.
 
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Lowell snapped a three-game losing skid on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime triumph over first-place Worcester… Defenseman Cory Murphy tallied his second overtime goal of the season in that one; forwards Michael Swift and Tim Sestito have also notched overtime winners this year… The Devils can clinch their first playoff berth in franchise history on Friday with a regulation win over Bridgeport… Lowell has surrendered a power play goal in nine straight games… Brad Mills shows three goals in four games since missing 14 contests to injury… After Friday’s tilt, the Devils visit Portland on Saturday and host Providence on Sunday.
 
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Manchester is nearly guaranteed to finish third in the Atlantic Division and will oppose either Portland or Worcester in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs… The Monarchs’ current seven-game winning streak is a season high and their longest since winning eight in a row from Apr. 1-14, 2007… Six different players have netted game-winning goals during the streak, with John Zeiler showing a pair… Oscar Moller has a point in eight of his last nine games (5-6-11), and Trevor Lewis boasts a four-game scoring streak (3-1-4)… Manchester hosts Portland on Friday before closing the regular season with road games vs. Bridgeport and Springfield.
 
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Norfolk’s 1-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday marked its second victory by that score this season; the Admirals also took a 1-0 decision at Lowell on Jan. 24… Rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski earned the shutout in both contests and did not post a shutout in between the two… Tokarski has been between the pipes for each of Norfolk’s last 13 games since Jaroslav Janus got the call on Mar. 5 vs. Albany… Paul Szczechura and Mark Parrish both show a goal and an assist since returning from parent-club Tampa Bay… Still looking to secure their first playoff spot since 2007, the Admirals close the year with a pair of home dates against Hershey this weekend.
 
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Portland’s Nathan Gerbe (2009) and Tyler Ennis (2010) are the first back-to-back AHL rookies of the year from the same team since Pierre Mondou (1976), Rod Schutt (1977), and Norm Dupont (1978) brought home the hardware for Nova Scotia in three consecutive seasons… The Pirates have earned a point in 11 straight games (8-0-2-1) since their last regulation loss, a 6-2 setback to Binghamton on Mar. 13… Derek Whitmore has a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3), while Paul Byron shows an assist in four straight outings (0-6-6)… Portland visits Manchester on Friday before hosting Lowell and Worcester to close the regular season.
 
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Providence must win its remaining three games and hope for a lot of help in order to make its 12th straight postseason appearance… The Bruins’ current playoff streak began in 1999, a year that culminated with their lone Calder Cup championship… Kirk MacDonald snapped a seven-game goal-scoring drought with the overtime game-winner in Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Portland… Maxime Sauve tallied two goals in his pro debut on Friday vs. Worcester, and former first-round draft pick Joe Colborne posted two assists that night in his first pro game… Providence plays its home finale vs. Springfield on Friday before visiting Worcester and Lowell to close the season.
 
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Springfield has been outscored 19-6 during its current four-game regulation losing skid, and the Falcons are winless in six straight contests overall (0-4-1-1) since posting a 4-3 win at Hartford on Mar. 20… Second Team AHL All-Star Charles Linglet, who leads the Falcons with 74 points (19-55-74) in 75 games, made his NHL debut last week and has appeared in three games for parent-club Edmonton… Rookie sensation Jordan Eberle has recorded a point in seven of eight games (4-6-10) since joining Springfield’s lineup from juniors… Springfield visits Providence and Hartford before closing its season with a home date vs. Manchester on Sunday.
 
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Goaltender Dan Taylor’s first seven appearances for Syracuse had come on the road prior to Tuesday, when he stopped 41 of 42 shots in a 3-1 win over Hershey at the Onondaga County War Memorial… That marked Syracuse’s first win in six tries this season (1-5-0-0) vs. the league-leading Bears… Maksim Mayorov registered three points (1-2-3) in the victory after going scoreless in his previous 16 games; Mayorov’s last points came courtesy of a two-goal showing at Adirondack on Feb. 24… The Crunch, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight year, close the season by hosting North Division foes Hamilton and Rochester this weekend… Syracuse is 0-7-2-0 vs. the Americans this year.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leading scorer Dustin Jeffrey (23-47-70) is just the third player in franchise history to reach the 70-point plateau in a season, joining Janne Pesonen (82 points) and Jeff Taffe (75), who both accomplished it last year… Jeffrey leads the Penguins with eight three-point efforts on the campaign… Wilkes-Barre had scored the game’s first goal in seven straight outings prior to Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at Norfolk, which also prevented the Penguins from clinching a playoff spot… The Pens, seeking their eighth straight postseason trip, host Albany on Friday before closing with a home-and-home set against Binghamton.
 
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Worcester established a franchise record for goals in a game in Wednesday’s 9-2 rout of Hartford… If the Sharks hold on for the Atlantic Division title, they would become the fifth different team to win the Atlantic in the last five seasons, joining Portland (2005-06), Manchester (06-07), Providence (07-08), and Hartford (08-09)… Dan DaSilva shows a point in four of his last five games (3-3-6) and has reached the 20-goal plateau for the season (20-32-52)… Defenseman Nick Shaus has an assist in each of his first three professional games… Worcester hosts Hartford on Friday and Providence on Saturday before finishing the regular season in Portland on Sunday.