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East Notes: Pack’s playoff streak in jeopardy

Also see… West Notes: Dekanich rolling, LE hits road

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Adirondack’s 3-2 shootout win over Lowell on Saturday snapped a skid which saw the Phantoms drop five consecutive Saturday games… The Phantoms’ 6-5 loss to Syracuse on Feb. 24 marked the first time all season they had lost in regulation when leading after two periods (currently 17-1-0-1)… Phantoms coach Greg Gilbert is four wins shy of 400 for his AHL head coaching career… Jason Ward (2-2-4) and Jonathon Kalinski (1-2-3) both had three-game scoring streaks end in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss at Hamilton… The Phantoms host Rochester on Friday and Binghamton on Saturday before a Sunday visit to Hershey.
 
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Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Binghamton marked the fourth time this season that Albany registered six or more goals in a game… The River Rats have now outscored the Senators 13-1 in capturing the last two meetings between the teams… River Rats leading scorer Jerome Samson (28-28-56) has a point in eight straight games (7-6-13), the longest active streak in the AHL… Rookie Zach Boychuk shows a point in three straight games (2-3-5) and five of his last six contests (3-5-8)… Albany is 12-7-1-1 against Atlantic Division opponents but have only two more games against Atlantic foes this season… The Rats head south to Norfolk for a pair of games
 
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Binghamton halted an eight-game winless skid (0-6-1-1) with its 4-1 win at Lowell on Wednesday… It also marked the Senators’ first road triumph since Dec. 19 at Norfolk, snapping an 0-10-1-1 slide away from the Broome County Arena… The Sens finished 1-2-1-1 in a stretch of playing five games in six nights… Cody Bass played his 100th game as a member of the Senators in Binghamton’s 6-4 loss to Providence on Friday… Defenseman Derek Smith has a point in three straight games (2-3-5) and leads all Binghamton rearguards with 36 points overall (8-28-36)… Binghamton visits Springfield and Adirondack this weekend before hosting Syracuse on Sunday.
 
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Bridgeport has lost three straight games by a combined score of 18-7, marking the Sound Tigers’ first three-game regulation losing skid since Jan. 1-3… The Sound Tigers currently sit two points back of Providence and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot… Greg Mauldin recorded a goal and an assist on Tuesday vs. Hershey, marking his ninth multiple-point game of the season… Jeremy Reich is currently riding a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3), and defenseman Dylan Reese had a goal and an assist in his Bridgeport debut on Tuesday… The Sound Tigers host Portland and Providence this weekend before a Sunday trip to Manchester.
 
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Currently four points out of a postseason spot, Hartford is in danger of missing the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons as a member of the AHL… The Wolf Pack are winless in four straight contests (0-2-2-0) and show just three victories in their last 18 games (3-11-4-0)… Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Lowell marked goaltender Chad Johnson’s franchise-record sixth consecutive losing decision… Hartford still leads the AHL with eight overtime wins but has lost three straight trips to the extra session and four of their last five… The Wolf Pack head north of the border this weekend for games in Hamilton on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.
 
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Hershey extended its AHL-record home winning streak to 21 games on Saturday with a 9-2 decision over Bridgeport, marking the third time this season that the Bears reached at least nine goals in a game… The Bears’ home winning streak is now longer than the National Hockey League record of 20 games, which was established by Boston in 1929-30 and matched by Philadelphia in 1975-76… Muskegon of the old International Hockey League put together a 22-game home win streak in 1965-66… Alexandre Giroux has recorded multiple points in each of the last 10 games in which he’s found the scoresheet; Giroux has not tallied just one point in a game since Jan. 17 vs. Syracuse… Hershey hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Adirondack this weekend.
 
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Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Binghamton prevented Lowell from putting together back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 29-31… The Devils have slipped to fourth in the Atlantic Division but are still seven points up on Providence for the division’s final guaranteed playoff spot… Rookie defenseman Matt Taormina has recorded nine points (1-8-9) in six contests since missing four games to injury… Taormina ranks second among AHL rookie rearguards with 40 points (9-31-40) in 58 games overall… The Devils kick off a five-game road swing with visits this weekend to division rivals Springfield and Providence.
 
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Manchester went just 4-8-0-0 in 12 games during February but is still only six points back of first place in the Atlantic Division… Geoff Walker (1-2-3) and rookie Dwight King (0-3-3) each have a point in three straight games, while defenseman David Kolomatis has found the scoresheet in four of his last five contests (1-3-4)… Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has surrendered at least four goals in each of his last five appearances, dating back to Jan. 16… The Monarchs boast the AHL’s third-ranked penalty-killing unit at 86.1 percent and are tied for fourth with 11 shorthanded goals… Manchester visits Providence on Friday and hosts Bridgeport on Sunday.
 
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Norfolk concluded a five-game road trip at 3-2-0-0 and will now play 12 of its final 16 games on home ice… The Admirals, who ended the trip with a 4-2 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, will host Albany on Friday looking to avoid dropping two straight games for the first time since Jan. 15-16… Brandon Bochenski registered eight points (5-3-8) during a seven-game stint with Norfolk but was recalled again by parent-club Tampa Bay on Tuesday… Defenseman Zach Tarkir has an assist in three straight games (0-3-3)… Norfolk is 19-7-1-0 against non-divisional opponents this season but just 14-20-2-1 against its own East Division.
 
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Portland has rattled off a 30-8-5-3 record since beginning the season with 10 losses in its first 15 games (5-10-0-0)… The Pirates, looking for their first division championship since 2005-06, are currently one point back of Worcester for the Atlantic Division lead… Tyler Ennis is on a six-game scoring streak (1-5-6) and continues to lead all AHL rookies in scoring with 59 points (19-40-59) while playing all 61 games for Portland… Mark Mancari has a point in three straight (0-4-4) and five of his last six contests (1-7-8)… Derek Whitmore notched his second two-goal game of the season in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Albany… The Pirates visit Bridgeport and Syracuse this weekend before hosting Rochester at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Sunday.
 
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Providence is 10-5-0-0 in its last 15 games to pull into a tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot… The Bruins took a pair of shootout wins in Abbotsford this week after going their previous 35 games without even appearing in a shootout… Providence improved to 5-0 in the shootout this year and is one of two AHL teams without a shootout loss (Rochester is the other)… Jordan Knackstedt tallied three goals in the two games in Abbotsford after going his last six games without a goal… Kevin Regan won both games and is 5-1-0 in its last six decisions on the heels of an 0-4-0 slide.
 
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Springfield took 2-1 wins at Hartford (overtime) and Syracuse (regulation) last weekend and has won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 16-17… Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk turned aside 67 of the 69 shots he faced over those two games (.971)… The overtime win at Hartford improved the Falcons to 5-9 in games decided in the extra session this season… Charles Linglet is on a four-game scoring streak (3-3-6) and ranks tied for fourth in the entire AHL with 62 points (17-45-62) while playing all 64 games overall… Chris Armstrong has a point in five straight tilts (1-4-5)… Springfield hosts Binghamton and Lowell this weekend.
 
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Syracuse has totaled only six goals in three games (record 1-2-0-0) since tallying six in a 6-5 come-from-behind win at Adirondack on Feb. 24… The Crunch are just 1-4-0-0 in their last five home games, the lone win coming in the Mirabito Outdoor Classic on Feb. 20… Syracuse’s last win at the Onondaga County War Memorial was on Feb. 6, a 5-0 decision over Adirondack… Rookie Tomas Kana’s three-game scoring streak (2-4-6) ended in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Norfolk… Tom Sestito posted an assist in his first game for the Crunch since Nov. 29… Syracuse started 2-13-2-1 on the road this season but is 11-4-0-1 since… The Crunch host Wilkes-Barre and Portland this weekend before a Sunday trip to Binghamton.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has collected a point in nine of its last 10 games (8-1-0-1) and is now tied with Providence for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot… Konstantin Pushkarev’s game-winning tally in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Norfolk marked his first goal since scoring on Jan. 9 vs. Manchester… Pushkarev now has six goals on the season, two of them game-winners… Chris Conner is on a three-game scoring streak (3-3-6) and shows 8-9-17 in his last nine outings… Goaltender John Curry has won three straight decisions for the first time since Dec. 26-30… The Penguins hit the road this weekend for games in Syracuse on Friday and Hershey on Saturday.
 
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Worcester halted a three-game winless skid (0-2-0-1) with a 5-2 triumph at Manitoba on Wednesday… It marked the Sharks’ first three-game skid since losing a season-high seven straight games from Nov. 7-20… Captain Ryan Vesce has racked up five goals and six points in five games since returning to the lineup from a two-month injury absence… Rookie Logan Couture shows four points (1-3-4) in four games since returning after missing 10 games to injury… T.J. Trevelyan has tallied a goal in four straight games (5-1-6) and has a point in 12 of his last 14 contests (10-5-15)… Worcester visits Abbotsford for a pair of games this weekend.