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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany has scored the first goal in seven straight games but is just 3-4-0-0 over this stretch… Goaltender Kevin Nastiuk posted his first AHL shutout with 26 saves in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… It marked the River Rats’ fourth shutout of the season as a team, which leads the league… Pat Dwyer scored Albany’s first shorthanded goal this season on Sunday at Hershey… Dwyer needs two more points to reach 100 as a professional.
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Binghamton leading scorer Denis Hamel, who has eight goals and 14 points in 16 games, passed Jason Spezza on the Senators’ all-time assist list with his 118th when he helped on a Lawrence Nycholat goal on Sunday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Hamel already holds the franchise marks in points (250) and goals (132)… Goaltender Jeff Glass picked up his second AHL shutout in that Sunday game against the Penguins, a 3-0 win by Binghamton.
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After the Sound Tigers visit Hershey on Wednesday for the third time already this season, they will not return to Chocolatetown until Apr. 5… Steve Regier leads the club with seven goals on the season (7-6-13), and he takes a six-game point-scoring streak (5-4-9) into Wednesday’s action… The Sound Tigers are just 2-5-1-0 on the road this season… Bridgeport’s three team shutouts are second in the league behind Albany’s four… Joey MacDonald has posted two shutouts on the season, and Mike Morrison has one.
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Francis Lessard scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in Hartford’s 3-2 win over Hamilton last Saturday… The two-goal effort gave Lessard four on the season (4-1-5), which ties a career high that he previously accomplished in his rookie year of 1999-00, with the Philadelphia Phantoms… Defenseman Michael Sauer’s first professional goal was the game-winner in the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 victory at Portland on Sunday… In Saturday’s 3-2 win at Lowell, the Wolf Pack did not receive a power play chance for the first time in their 11-year history.
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Hershey’s three-game winning streak has brought their record to 7-7-0-0, the first time it has been at .500 since opening night… Rookie Jay Beagle notched two goals and an assist in last Saturday’s 6-3 win over Bridgeport, his first three-point game in the AHL… Jakub Klepis totaled five goals and six points in three games last weekend… The Bears are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play eight of nine games at the Giant Center through Dec. 2.
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The Devils are just 1-4-1-0 in their last six games, and they have dropped the first two outings of a four-game homestand… Lowell is 3-0-0-0 against Manchester this season and 3-8-1-0 against everybody else… Noah Clarke leads the club with seven goals on the campaign (7-2-9)… Seven (5-2-7) of his nine points thus far have come on the power play… Barry Tallackson has three power play goals in his last three games.
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Manchester has the league’s best power play (29.2%) but is tied for its worst penalty kill (75.0%)… Despite the shaky penalty kill, the Monarchs are one of four teams that have yet to allow a shorthanded goal… Rookie Teddy Purcell leads the league with 18 assists and 25 points, and he has found the scoresheet in 13 of 15 games this season… Purcell is on an eight-game point-scoring streak (5-10-15)… Teammate Gabe Gauthier is second in the league with 23 points (7-16-23), and his six power play goals are tied for the league lead.
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Left wing Mathieu Darche posted 10 points (3-7-10) in four games for the Admirals last week, was named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week, and earned a recall to Tampa Bay on Wednesday… Kyle Wanvig notched six goals and nine points on the week, moving him into a tie for third in the league with 22 points overall (10-12-22)… Wanvig is on a six-game point-scoring streak (7-4-11)… Craig MacDonald has a point in each of his first four games (1-5-6) since joining Norfolk on Nov. 14.
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Philadelphia has won 10 straight games over Binghamton – an eight-game series sweep last season and the first two clashes of the current campaign… The Phantoms established a new team record for the best 15-game start at 13-1-1-0… Last year’s team did not win its 14th game until Jan. 6… Pete Zingoni scored twice for Philadelphia in its only game last weekend, a 6-3 win over Binghamton on Friday… This Friday night, the Phantoms will take on Hershey at the Wachovia Center, home to the NHL’s Flyers… The Flyers will inhabit the building earlier in the day as they take on Washington at 1:00 p.m.
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Geoff Platt has six points (3-3-6) in his first three games since joining the Pirates from the Syracuse Crunch, including a goal in all three contests… Portland’s record in November stands at 4-2-0-1… The Pirates are 5-0-0-0 when allowing two goals or less this season… Portland seven home wins (7-3-0-0) trail only Philadelphia’s nine (9-2-0-0), but the Pirates are in the midst of a stretch where they play 11 of 14 away from the Cumberland County Civic Center.
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Pascal Pelletier enters the week with a nine-game point-scoring streak (6-8-14), while rookie Vladimir Sobotka has an eight-game streak (4-7-11)… Defenseman Matt Lashoff has a point in his last three outings (0-4-4)… Providence is 4-0-1-0 in its last five road games… The P-Bruins have tallied a power play goal in 13 of their first 14 games this season, but they have scored more than one in a game only once… The Bruins allow a league-low average of 22.0 shots on goal per game.
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Falcons defenseman T.J. Kemp is riding a six-game scoring streak (1-7-8)… He leads all Springfield defensemen in scoring this season with 10 points (1-9-10) in 11 games… Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers is tied for second in the league with eight wins (8-2-3), and his 772 minutes played are third-most… All three of the Falcons’ games last weekend were decided by one goal, including a shootout win over Norfolk on Friday and an overtime loss in Manchester on Saturday.
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The Penguins were shut out in back-to-back games last weekend, dropping a 4-0 decision in Albany on Saturday and a 3-0 final to Binghamton at home on Sunday… The last time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was blanked in consecutive games was Nov. 9-15, 2003, when they fell to Providence and Portland… The Penguins’ franchise high is three straight shutouts against, which they suffered in March 2002… Goaltender John Curry made his NHL debut in Sunday’s loss and stopped 22 of 24 shots.
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The Sharks are just 3-6-1-0 since winning their first four games of the season… Worcester is 4-0-0-0 when it scores four or more goals in a game… The Sharks are tied with Manchester for the league’s worst penalty kill at 75.0%, but like the Monarchs, Worcester is one of four teams yet to allow a shorthanded goal… Leading scorer Mike Iggulden (9-9-18) has registered a point in 12 of his 14 games this season.