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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany has matched its season high with a four-game winning streak, previously accomplished from Dec. 7-14… Goaltenders Michael Leighton and Justin Peters have combined to allow just five goals on 130 shots (.962) over the four games… Leighton played in his 300th career professional game on Sunday at Bridgeport, making 26 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory… Joe Jensen has four goals and five points over his last four games for the River Rats… Defenseman Mark Flood has a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and leads all River Rat blueliners with 22 points (10-12-22) for the season.
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Binghamton is just 4-8-1-1 in 14 games since posting a season-high five-game winning streak from Jan. 13-25… Rookie goaltender Brian Elliott has started eight of the Senators’ last nine contests… He registered his first professional shutout on Feb. 22, making 37 saves as the Sens blanked Rochester, 4-0… Captain Denis Hamel has a point in five of his last six contests (4-4-8)… The Senators play three divisional games in three days this weekend, visiting Philadelphia and Bridgeport before hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… The B-Sens are 15-10-3-2 at home but just 11-14-2-2 on the road this season.
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After winning its previous five games, Bridgeport dropped three games last weekend, including two to division-rival Albany, although one was a shootout loss… The Sound Tigers will play four of their next five games on the road, where they are just 11-16-1-0 for the campaign… Goaltender Mike Morrison is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 GAA and .971 in his last four appearances, including a pair of shutouts… Rookie Trevor Smith boasts an eight-game scoring streak (5-5-10) and has a point in 10 of his last 11 outings (7-6-13).
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Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Lowell extended Hartford’s losing streak in shootouts to five, after the Wolf Pack won two of their first three… Last season, Hartford finished 6-1 in shootouts and didn’t drop one until Apr. 7… The Wolf Pack’s 6-1 loss to Providence on Feb. 21 snapped their nine-game winning streak against divisional opponents… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had a six-game scoring streak snapped on Sunday… Lauri Korpikoski, in his second full season with the Wolf Pack, notched his first multiple-goal game in the AHL with a pair against Bridgeport on Feb. 23
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Hershey returned to Canada for the first time since the 2007 Calder Cup Finals on Wednesday and posted a 4-3 win over Manitoba… Alexandre Giroux tallied a goal and an assist in his first game back with the Bears, for whom he posted team-highs in goals (42) and points (70) last season… Giroux was re-acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers organization on Tuesday… The game in Winnipeg marked the first of a nine-game road trip for Hershey… Rookie Jay Beagle has a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) and a point in four straight (3-1-4).
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Lowell is 5-1-2-0 in its last eight games after going 1-11-2-2 in its previous 16 contests… Benoit Mondou, who tallied a hat trick and a four-point night on Tuesday at Manchester, has a three-game scoring streak (3-3-6)… Defenseman Olli Malmivaara had just one goal in his previous 18 games for the Devils prior to scoring twice in Tuesday’s 7-3 victory over the Monarchs… The Devils are now 7-1-0-0 against Manchester this season… Lowell’s penalty kill is working at 90.0% (54-for-60) over its last 12 contests.
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Manchester continues to boast the league’s best power play (24.0%) and its top home power play (27.0%)… The Monarchs have scored at least one man-advantage goal in 17 of their 25 wins this season… Brian Boyle leads all AHL rookies with 22 goals on the season, and his 47 points are second among rookies to teammate Teddy Purcell’s 58… Purcell is currently on recall to parent-club Los Angeles… Peter Harrold was recalled to the Kings last week after posting a four-game scoring streak (0-4-4) for Manchester… Harrold is tied for second among AHL defensemen with 43 points (7-36-43) on the season.
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Goaltender Jonathan Boutin had won five straight starts before dropping a 5-1 decision at Portland on Tuesday… Paul Szczechura was held without a point for just the third time in 19 games since joining the Admirals’ lineup on Jan. 15… The loss put Norfolk at 2-2-0-1 thus far on a nine-game road trip through New England, which continues this weekend in Hartford, Lowell, and Worcester… The Admirals and Sharks combined for 230 penalty minutes in two games in Norfolk two weeks ago… Norm Milley brings a three-game goal-scoring streak (4-1-5) into the weekend.
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Philadelphia’s erasure of a 3-0 first intermission deficit for a 5-3 win at Hershey on Feb. 23 marked its largest comeback of the season… The Phantoms previously overcame a 2-0 third-period hole for a 3-2 overtime win against Bridgeport on Nov. 9… The Phantoms are 18-18-2-2 when scoring three or fewer goals in a game, but a perfect 19-0-0-0 when scoring four or more… Philadelphia is .500 or better against all of its opponents this season except Lake Erie, to whom the Phantoms dropped both meetings… Leading scorer Jared Ross has a point in four straight games (2-3-5) and five of his last six outings (2-5-7).
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Prior to their 5-1 victory over Norfolk on Tuesday, the Pirates had dropped a season-high three straight home games… Portland has still won 19 home games on the year – only Providence and Chicago have more, with 21 apiece… Overall, Portland is 5-5-0-1 in the month of February and will try to avoid its first losing month of the season when it hosts Lowell on Friday… The Pirates’ 6-1 win at Worcester on Feb. 23 marked their third six-goal effort of the season and second against the Sharks… 2008 AHL All-Star Bobby Ryan is currently riding a seven-game scoring streak (4-5-9).
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Providence has won three straight games after going 1-4-0-0 in its previous five outings… Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been in net for all three victories, and he also boasts a three-game road winning streak dating back to Feb. 2… The Bruins embark on a five-game Western Conference road trip this week, beginning with weekend games in Milwaukee, Rockford, and Chicago… The B’s defeated all three teams when they visited Providence earlier in the season… Providence is a perfect 26-0-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period and went 32-0-0-0 in that situation last season.
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Rookie forward Liam Reddox posted a season-high four points (1-3-4) in the Falcons’ 7-4 win at Worcester on Sunday… He followed that up by tallying Springfield’s lone goal in Wednesday’s rematch with the Sharks, a 4-1 loss… Wednesday’s game marked the end of 2008 AHL All-Star Rob Schremp’s three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… The Falcons sit four points up on Manchester for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot, and the two teams will meet four times over the season’s final month and a half, beginning Sunday in Manchester.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 2-1 win at Syracuse snapped a three-game losing streak in shootouts and marked their first victory in the contest since Dec. 1 at Hershey, also by a 2-1 score… Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury ended a five-game rehab stint at 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA and .950 save percentage… Both of Fleury’s losses were by 1-0 scores… Dave Gove has six goals in 13 games since joining the Penguins from Albany, including a pair of game-winning markers… The Penguins have not scored more than three goals in a game since a 5-3 win over Bridgeport on Feb. 1, a span of 12 contests.
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Worcester’s 4-1 win over Springfield on Wednesday snapped its franchise-record seven-game winless skid (0-6-1-0)… All four goals came on special teams, including three power play markers and a shorthanded goal by rookie Devin Setoguchi… After hosting Manchester on Friday, the Sharks will play four straight games against East Division foes… Worcester is 0-6-0-0 in its last six games against the East… No Sharks goaltender has started more than four consecutive games this season, accomplished by Thomas Greiss on two occasions.