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Eastern Conference notebook

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Keith Aucoin tied two Albany single-game franchise records on Feb. 1 against Syracuse… He became the second River Rat to post five assists in a game, joining Craig Darby, who did it against Bridgeport on Mar. 2, 2003… Aucoin’s five-point night tied the Albany record for most points in a game, the twelfth time in the River Rats’ 15-year history that it has occurred… Aucoin is one assist shy of 300 for his AHL career… Brandon Nolan has a point in 20 of his last 22 AHL contests (14-17-31)… The River Rats are 1-5-0-0 this season in games where they allow a shorthanded goal.
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Captain Denis Hamel has a point in six of eight games (4-6-10) since returning from injury, and the Sens’ all-time leading scorer has taken a share the club’s season lead with 35 points (21-14-35) in 36 games… Josh Hennessy also has 35 points (12-23-35), including one in six of his last seven outings (1-6-7)… Alexander Nikulin has a goal in two of his last three games after going 21 straight games without scoring… Binghamton is a perfect 16-0-0-0 this season when scoring four or more goals.
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Bridgeport’s 2-1 shootout win at Hartford on Feb. 2 improved the Sound Tigers to 7-0 in shootouts this season, the best mark in the league… Goaltender Joey MacDonald made 39 saves in that game and denied four of five in the shootout… MacDonald is 3-0-0 with a 0.97 GAA and .970 save percentage over his last three games, having allowed exactly one goal in all three contests… Ben Walter has a point in nine straight games (3-7-10) and 12 of his last 13 (5-9-14).
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The Wolf Pack have gained at least a standings point in eight straight games overall (5-0-2-1) and in seven consecutive home contests (5-0-1-1)… After going 9-1-0-0 against Bridgeport in 2006-07, Hartford is just 1-2-0-2 at the midpoint of this year’s season series… Captain Andrew Hutchinson ranks third among AHL defensemen in both assists (29) and points (38)… Leading scorer Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has a three-game scoring streak (3-1-4).
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Hershey had earned a point in a season-high six straight games (4-0-0-2) prior to Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Portland… Rookie Andrew Gordon tallied his second hat trick of the season in the loss to the Pirates… Two of Hershey’s five hat tricks this season have been in losing efforts, as Joe Motzko tallied one in a 5-3 loss at Norfolk on Nov. 7… Gordon, Jakub Klepis, and Kyle Wilson have all posted hat tricks in games Hershey went on to win… After hosting Worcester on Sunday, the Bears will play 14 of their next 16 contests away from the Giant Center.
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Lowell has gone 8-for-8 on the penalty kill over its last two games after allowing a power play goal in each of its previous 11 contests… The Devils are winless in 10 straight games overall (0-7-2-1) and in seven straight home contests (0-4-1-2)… Goaltender Frank Doyle is winless in eight straight decisions (0-6-2) since posting a four-game winning streak from Dec. 22-30… The Devils open a three-game road swing on Friday in Bridgeport, against whom they are 2-0-0-1 this season.
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Daniel Taylor, who was named Rbk X-Pulse/AHL goaltender of the month for January, saw his six-game winning streak come to an end in a 3-1 loss to Worcester on Feb. 2… Fellow goaltender Erik Ersberg has lost three straight decisions, last winning on Jan. 11 at Rochester… 2008 AHL All-Star Gabe Gauthier had his five-game scoring streak (4-3-7) end in the Monarchs’ 3-1 loss at Hartford on Wednesday… Manchester, which hasn’t won fewer than 23 home games over its first six seasons, is currently 11-12-1-1 at the Verizon Wireless Arena with 15 home contests to play.
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Norfolk has a standings point in a season-high seven straight games (5-0-1-1)… After going more than seven weeks between road victories, the Admirals have now won their last three games away from the Scope… Rookie Paul Szczechura has a point in all nine games (6-7-13) since joining the Admirals from Iowa on Jan. 15… Junior Lessard, who arrived in the same deal as Szczechura, has a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5)… Norfolk’s win in Binghamton on Feb. 1 marked its first victory in a game where the Admirals trailed after the first period.
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With Saturday’s 5-1 win at Binghamton in their 49th game of the season, the Phantoms equaled their 31-win total for all of the 2006-07 campaign… A total of 12 players contributed at least one point in the victory over the Senators… Philadelphia is a perfect 21-0-0-0 when leading after two periods, joining Providence and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the only other perfect teams in this situation… Kyle Greentree has a five-game scoring streak (4-4-8)… The Phantoms embark on a three-day Atlantic Division tour this weekend, visiting Springfield, Manchester, and Providence.
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The Pirates’ come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Hershey on Wednesday improved their record to 7-2-0-1 against East Division competition this season… Portland will take that mark into road games against East foes Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport this weekend… Jason King became the first Pirate this season to score two goals in a period on Feb. 1 at Manchester, notching a pair in the first period… In that same game, Portland allowed an empty-net goal at home for the first time in more than two years, since Jan. 28, 2006.
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Providence has won six straight home games since dropping a 3-0 decision to Worcester on Jan. 11… Each of the Bruins’ last five wins overall have been come-from-behind victories… Jeff Hoggan has scored a goal and posted multiple points in three straight games (3-4-7), and he has found the scoresheet in eight of his last nine outings (7-8-15)… Other players with three-game scoring streaks include Matt Hendricks (2-2-4), Sean Curry (2-4-6), and T.J. Trevelyan (1-2-3).
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Springfield will play seven of its next eight games at the MassMutual Center, where the Falcons are 12-7-2-1 this season… Forward Ryan O’Marra has a five-game scoring streak (2-3-5)… Defenseman T.J. Kemp has a point in four straight games (2-3-5) and collected his first two-goal game of the season on Feb. 1 at Hartford… Goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned his third win of the season on Feb. 22 at Lowell, his first since Dec. 5, also at Lowell… The Falcons finished 5-0-0-0 at the Devils’ Tsongas Arena this season, including two shootout wins and one in overtime.
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In his first game with the Penguins after coming over from Albany, Dave Gove netted the game-winning goal in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 5-3 win over Bridgeport on Feb. 1… Kurtis McLean’s two assists in that game gave him 33 points (15-18-33) in 42 games on the campaign, eclipsing the 32 points (16-16-32) he recorded in 55 contests last season… Defensemen Mark Ardelan and Deryk Engelland are the only members of the Penguins to have skated in all 47 team games this season.
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Rookie T.J. Fox has notched the game-winning goal in the Sharks’ two most recent victories, and he has a team-high four game-winners on the season… Fellow rookie Nate Raduns returned to the lineup on Feb. 1 at Philadelphia after missing five games to injury and scored a first-period goal… It marked Worcester’s first-ever tally against the Phantoms, as the teams didn’t meet last season and Philadelphia blanked the Sharks 3-0 in Worcester on Nov. 3… On Feb. 3 at Providence, Josh Prudden notched his first two-goal game in the AHL since Nov. 30, 2005.