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Eastern Conference notebook

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Goaltender Michael Leighton recorded his AHL-leading fourth shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over Norfolk on Nov. 28… This ties a River Rats franchise record for most individual shutouts in one season, previously accomplished by Ari Ahonen in 2004-05… Combined with rookie Kevin Nastiuk’s pair of shutouts, it marked Albany’s sixth blanking as a team, also tying a franchise mark that was established in 2004-05… Current Toronto Marlies goaltender Scott Clemmensen combined with Ahonen that season… The 7-0 score marked Albany’s largest margin of victory in a shutout performance, bettering several 5-0 victories through the years.
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Binghamton’s eight goals in an 8-5 win over Norfolk on Dec. 1 marked its largest goal output since Jan. 13, 2006, when the B-Sens posted a 9-4 victory over Springfield… Denis Hamel has scored a goal in four straight games (6-0-6) and seven of his last eight (10-1-11)… He leads the league with 16 lamp-lighters on the season (16-6-22), including four in three games against Norfolk (4-0-4)… Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat paces the Senators with 13 assists (2-13-15) and had a four-point night (1-3-4) in that Dec. 1 victory over the Admirals.
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Leading scorer Jeff Tambellini (7-14-21) was recalled by the parent New York Islanders on Sunday after posting a goal and an assist the night before in a 4-3 shootout win over Lowell… Ben Walter has a point in six of his last seven games (2-5-7)… Bridgeport’s power play ranks 28th in the league at 12.5% (16 of 128)… The Sound Tigers will go for their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 3-4 when they visit Springfield on Friday.
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Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss in Providence was the first time all season that the Wolf Pack failed to win after taking a lead into the third period (12-0-0-1)… Hartford has still gained a standings point in six straight games (5-0-0-1) and is 11-2-0-1 over its last 14 outings… Leading-scorer Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (12-12-24) has a goal in three straight games (3-2-5) and a point in 10 of his last 11 (7-8-15)… Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson has a four-game scoring streak (0-6-6).
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The Bears rebounded from a 3-4-0-2 October to post a 9-4-0-0 mark in the month of November… Interim head coach Bob Woods is 4-1-0-1 since taking over for Bruce Boudreau on Nov. 22… Joe Motzko has three goals in his last two games and leads the team with 10 overall (10-5-15)… A team-high six of his 10 tallies have come on the power play… Rookie Jay Beagle has a goal in three of his last four games (4-1-5).
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Stephen Gionta registered Lowell’s first hat trick of the season in the Devils’ 6-3 win over Manchester on Sunday… It marked Gionta’s second multi-goal game of the season, and both have come against the Monarchs… He has five goals and six points in three games played against Lowell’s closest rival… Goaltender Frank Doyle set an AHL season high with 53 saves in the Devils’ 4-3 shootout loss in Bridgeport on Dec. 1… Petr Vrana is riding a six-game scoring streak (1-9-10).
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Second-year pro Gabe Gauthier, who had a point in 17 of his first 21 games for the Monarchs this season (8-19-27), was recalled by the parent Los Angeles Kings on Sunday along with rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick… Rookie forward Teddy Purcell, the AHL’s leading scorer with 31 points (7-24-31), has a four-game scoring streak (0-5-5)… Purcell has not scored a goal since netting one in three straight games from Nov. 4-10… Manchester is 5-2-1-1 on Saturdays thus far but only 1-7-0-0 on Fridays.
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Norfolk is winless in four straight games (0-3-1-0) and has allowed a total of 25 goals in the four games (outscored 25-12)… Adam Henrich has a goal in three straight games (4-2-6), and Norm Milley has a point in three straight (1-3-4)… Karl Stewart has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in seven games since sitting out as a healthy scratch on Nov. 18 at Lowell… Leading scorer Kyle Wanvig (12-17-29) snapped a five-game goal drought when he lit the lamp in the Admirals’ 6-4 loss in Hershey on Sunday.
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Goaltender Brian Boucher had a shutout streak of 163:21 snapped in the second period of the Phantoms’ 2-1 loss at Lake Erie on Dec. 1… It marked the third-longest shutout streak by a goaltender in team history… The Phantoms were held without a shot on goal in a period for the first time in franchise history when they failed to register one in the first period of a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Sunday… Alexandre Picard has a point in six of his last seven games (4-4-8).
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Center Geoff Platt registered a point in his first nine games as a Pirate (7-9-16), the longest current scoring streak in the league, before being recalled by parent-club Anaheim on Tuesday… Other Portland skaters boasting scoring streaks include Brian Salcido (six games, 4-8-12), Bobby Ryan (five games, 5-4-9), and Stephen Dixon (four games, 3-4-7)… The Pirates have alternated wins and regulation losses in their last eight games… Portland will continue a five-game road swing with weekend games in Albany, Providence, and Bridgeport.
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Wednesday’s game against Hartford marked just the fifth time in 23 games that the Bruins trailed after two periods… They came back to win for the second time in the five games (2-3-0-0)… It marked the league-leading Bruins’ fourth straight victory, which matches a season high accomplished on two previous occasions… Leading scorer Pascal Pelletier (11-14-25) has a three-game scoring streak (3-2-5), and T.J. Trevelyan boasts a four-game streak (3-1-4)… Goaltender Andy Franck is 3-0-0 in his first three AHL starts.
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Rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk, selected 14th overall by Edmonton in the 2004 draft, snapped a personal four-game losing streak with 42 saves in Springfield’s 4-2 win at Lowell on Wednesday… Dubnyk last found the victory column on Oct. 7 against Manchester… Fellow goaltender Jeff Deslauriers is in a three-way tie for the league lead in wins with 11 on the campaign (11-4-3)… Jean-Francois Jacques has a goal in a season-high three straight games (3-4-7).
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Defenseman Ryan Lannon went 128 games between his second and third AHL goals prior to scoring on Nov. 21 against Worcester… He needed only five more contests to record his next goal, which came in a 4-2 win at Syracuse on Nov. 30… Chris Minard has a point in six of his last seven games (3-5-8)… Prior to this recent run, Minard had been held off the scoresheet in nine straight outings… Goaltender Ty Conklin, who is tied for the league lead with 11 wins (11-7-0), has posted a 1.62 GAA while winning his last three starts.
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The Sharks are 1-5-0-1 in their last seven games and just 4-9-1-1 since starting the campaign with four straight wins… Leading scorer Mike Iggulden (11-11-22) was held scoreless in Worcester’s 6-3 loss at Portland on Dec. 1, but he has yet to go consecutive games without a point this season… Rookie defenseman’s Derek Joslin’s eight points (1-7-8) are tops among Sharks blueliners… Worcester opens a four-game homestand, its longest of the season to date, with weekend games against division rivals Manchester and Hartford.