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Eastern Conference notebook

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In his third game for Albany, rookie left wing Yannick Tifu tallied two assists against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 22 for his first career AHL points, but the River Rats dropped a 4-3 decision… Jakub Petruzalek scored his first goal of the campaign in that loss… Goaltender Justin Peters has won each of his first three starts this season… Albany will play four of its next five games at home, including tilts against division leaders Providence and Philadelphia this week.
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Rookie defenseman Ilya Zubov had a season-high four-game scoring streak (3-1-4) snapped in the Senators’ 3-1 loss to Albany on Wednesday… Greg Mauldin had the lone Binghamton goal in that game and has now scored in consecutive games (2-0-2)… Goaltender Brian Elliott has started three straight games for the first time this season and is 2-1-0 in the three outings… The B-Sens are just 1-4-1-1 in their last seven games on the road, where they will play five of their next six contests.
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Bridgeport has won five of its last six games (5-1-0-0) after going 3-8-0-0 in its previous 11 contests… Jeff Tambellini has notched a goal in all five of his club’s wins over this stretch (8-3-11)… Tambellini leads the Sound Tigers with 15 goals and 32 points on the season, and he has posted nine multiple-point games thus far… Frans Nielsen had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 win over Hershey on Wednesday, his first three-point night of the season… Bridgeport has yet to allow a goal in three games against Norfolk this season – Joey MacDonald and Mike Morrison have combined to turn aside all 67 opposing shots.
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The Wolf Pack have failed to win in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 3-4 and just the third time overall… Goaltender Al Montoya is 0-3 in shootouts and has allowed eight goals on 12 shots… Last season, Montoya won all four of his shootouts, denying 19 of 22 attempts… Hartford plays three road games in three nights this weekend, visiting Springfield, Bridgeport, and Manchester… The Wolf Pack have won in each of their last six visits to Bridgeport dating back to last season, and Sunday will their final trip of the season to Manchester.
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The Bears have alternated wins and regulation losses in their last six games… Joe Motzko has a point in each of his last six AHL games (4-3-7)… Hershey plays a home-and-home against Norfolk this weekend, against whom the Bears have won four straight since dropping their first meeting this season… Motzko paces Hershey with six goals and nine points in just four games against the Admirals, while Grant Potulny has seven points (3-4-7) in the series.
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The Devils scored a season-high three power play goals (3-for-6) in their 3-1 win over Providence on Dec. 22… That victory marked Lowell’s first in six tries against the league-leading Bruins this season (1-4-0-1)… Goaltender Frank Doyle ended a personal four-game losing streak with 38 saves on 39 shots… Lowell has scored the game’s first goal in four of its last five outings… Overall, the Devils are just 5-8-3-0 when scoring first.
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Manchester has scored at least one power play goal in 10 of its 13 wins this season, and the Monarchs’ overall conversion rate of 29.1% is by far the best in the league… Rookie goaltender Erik Ersberg has matched a season high with four straight starts between the pipes, and he is 2-2-0 in the four games… Fellow rookie Brian Boyle has a point in four straight games (4-3-7) and seven of his last eight (5-6-11)… Following a Thursday tilt with Portland, the Monarchs will play three of their next four contests against Worcester, against whom they are 1-2-0-0 on the season… The one victory came in a shootout on Dec. 7.
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Norfolk has dropped a season-high five straight games and has been outscored 17-5 over the five losses… Third-year goaltender Jonathan Boutin is currently in a six-game losing skid of his own, last winning on Nov. 24 against Springfield… Defenseman Mario Scalzo, acquired by Norfolk on Nov. 19, scored his first goal in an Admirals uniform as part of a 4-3 loss at Binghamton on Dec. 21… Four of Blair Jones’ six goals this season have come against Philadelphia, whom the Admirals host on Thursday.
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Philadelphia’s two power play goals in a 5-2 win over Hershey on Dec. 21 snapped an 0-for-19 power play drought that stretched back to a 3-2 win over the Bears on Dec. 8… The Phantoms went three entire games without a man-advantage marker, its longest such stretch of the season… Philadelphia had notched a power play goal in 24 of its 25 games prior to the skid… Goaltender Scott Munroe remains atop the AHL leaderboard with a 1.95 GAA in 13 games (8-2-0)… He hasn’t played since a 1-0 blanking at Norfolk on Dec. 15… The Phantoms travel to Norfolk again on Thursday.
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Portland defenseman Brian Salcido currently leads all AHL blueliners with 31 points (8-23-31) in 29 games… His eight goals are tied for second among defensemen, and his 23 assists are tied for first… Salcido has a point in four of his last five games (2-6-8), including a pair of three-point performances… Andrew Ebbett notched three assists in the Pirates’ 4-3 overtime loss to Worcester on Dec. 22, marking his third three-assist game of the campaign.
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Prior to a 3-1 loss at Lowell on Dec. 22, the Bruins had scored four or more goals in 10 of 11 games, excluding shootouts… The P-Bruins continue a seven-game road swing with visits to Albany, Bridgeport, and Portland over a three-night span beginning Thursday… Providence is looking to avoid dropping consecutive games for the first time this season… Martins Karsums notched a pair of shorthanded goals and added an assist over the Bruins’ home-and-home with Lowell last weekend.
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Springfield is winless in four straight outings (0-3-1-0), all on the road, marking its longest slump of the season… The Falcons are 10-4-0-0 at home and will play three straight and five of their next six games at the MassMutual Center… Liam Reddox ranks fourth among AHL rookies with 23 points (9-14-23) in 29 games this season… His plus-7 rating is tied with Tyler Spurgeon for the team lead in that category… Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers is third in the league with 14 wins (14-8-3)… Deslauriers recorded a season-high 48 saves in a 3-1 loss at San Antonio on Dec. 21.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton brings a season-high five-game winning streak into Thursday’s back end of a home-and-home with Syracuse, whom the Penguins blanked by a 4-0 count at home on Wednesday… Nathan Smith and Kurtis McLean each scored twice, and rookie goaltender John Curry picked up his first pro shutout… The Penguins’ winning streak is the longest active streak in the league… After Thursday’s game in Syracuse, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play six of its next seven contests at home, where the Penguins are 8-6-0-0 this season.
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Worcester’s 4-3 overtime win in Portland on Dec. 22 was the Sharks’ first at the Cumberland County Civic Center since the franchise’s first-ever game on Oct. 6, 2006, snapping an 0-5-1-1 slide… Center Tomas Plihal has seen points (3-4-7) and is already tied for the team lead at plus-9 in just eight games this season… Lukas Kaspar has six points (4-2-6) over his last five games… Since being held off the scoresheet in three straight games for the first time this season, leading scorer Mike Iggulden has five points (3-2-5) in his last four outings.