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Eastern Conference notebook

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Defenseman Casey Borer scored on the power play for his first professional goal in Albany’s 2-0 win over Binghamton on Nov. 7… It also marked the first goal by a River Rats blueliner this season… Borer added another power play goal in the team’s 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 11… Albany has outscored opponents 15-6 in the first period this season, but opponents have a 13-7 scoring edge in the third period… Goaltender Michael Leighton leads the league with a 1.83 GAA and three shutouts in 12 games (5-6-1).
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Senators goaltender Brian Elliott collected an AHL career-high 41 saves in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Philadelphia… The B-Sens have gone 186 minutes and 23 seconds worth of hockey without a goal… Their last lamp-lighter came off the stick of Matt Carkner at 13:37 of the third period in a 4-3 win over Syracuse on Nov. 3… On Saturday, Binghamton will host Hamilton in the first meeting between the teams since the 2005-06 campaign… The Sens went 0-1-0-1 against the Bulldogs that season.
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Winger Jeff Tambellini has notched 10 points (3-7-10) through the Sound Tigers’ first six games in November, and he has at least one point in five of the six contests… Goaltender Joey MacDonald’s 24-save shutout of Hershey on Nov. 11, his second whitewash of the season, made him one of only two AHL netminders with more than one thus far… Bridgeport will play its next two games on the road against the Bears, at which point the teams will already have completed five of the eight games in their season series.
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Second-year pro Greg Moore, who leads Hartford with nine goals and 16 points through 15 games, has already eclipsed his total goal output from his rookie campaign, when he totaled eight goals in 79 games (8-17-25)… Wolf Pack defenseman Jake Taylor scored his second goal in 135 career AHL games in a 4-1 win over Albany on Nov. 10, and it turned out to be the game-winner… Taylor’s first AHL goal came on Oct. 22, 2005, in a 6-5 win at Hershey… Hugh Jessiman, the N.Y. Rangers’ first-round draft pick in 2003, had goals in back-to-back games on Nov. 9 and 10 after being held without one in his first 11 outings.
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Joe Motzko’s hat trick in Hershey’s 5-3 loss at Norfolk on Nov. 7 marked the first such accomplishment for a Hershey skater in 69 all-time games against the Admirals to that point… The Bears, whose 4-0 loss in Bridgeport on Nov. 11 dropped them to 4-7-0-0 on the season, did not lose in regulation for the seventh time last season until Jan. 6, which made their record 25-7-3-4… This Friday’s game in Albany will conclude a stretch for Hershey of nine road games out of 12 to begin the season.
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The Devils scored more than one power play goal in a game for the first time this season when they netted a pair in a 4-2 loss at Springfield on Nov. 9… Benoit Mondou recorded a team season-high three assists on Nov. 10 as Lowell defeated Manchester… Petr Vrana’s four-game scoring streak (1-7-8) came to an end in that game… Noah Clarke is riding a five-game point-scoring streak (5-1-6)… Lowell has a 4-2-1-0 record when trailing after one period this season.
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Rookie winger Teddy Purcell is tied for the league lead with 20 points (7-13-20), and his seven goals lead all rookies in that category… Purcell currently has a six-game scoring streak (5-5-10) and has recorded at least one point in 11 of the Monarchs’ 13 games thus far… Linemate Gabe Gauthier (5-15-20) is also tied for the league lead in scoring and has found the scoresheet in 12 of 13 games this season… 10 of Manchester’s 13 games have been decided by one goal, and the Monarchs are 4-4-1-1 in such games.
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Mathieu Darche tallied assists on all three Norfolk goals in his first game as an Admiral on Wednesday in a 6-3 loss at Hartford… Darche led the Worcester Sharks in 2006-07 with 35 goals and 80 points in 76 games… The Admirals defeated Hershey on Nov. 7 by a 5-3 final despite allowing a hat trick to the Bears’ Joe Motzko… It marked the 13th hat trick by an opponent in franchise history and just the second time that Norfolk still won the game… Norfolk continues its four-game Atlantic Division tour this weekend with games in Springfield, Providence, and Lowell.
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Phantoms center Ryan Potulny, the current Rbk/AHL Player of the Week, had points in six straight AHL games (7-2-9) before being held off the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… The streak was interrupted in the middle by an injury and a call-up to the Flyers… Steve Downie had at least one assist in his first five games this season (0-7-7)… Goaltender Scott Munroe ranks second in the league with a 1.85 GAA in nine games (6-1-0).
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Portland’s 7-2-0-0 home record is second only to Philadelphia’s 8-2-0-0 mark… Conversely, the Pirates are the league’s only team yet to win a road game this season (0-3-1-1)… The Pirates allowed a season-high 42 shots on goal in a 2-1 win over Hartford on Nov. 11, but goaltender Jonas Hiller made 41 saves… Wednesday’s 3-2 decision in Providence marked Portland’s first shootout loss in three such games this season… The Pirates are four games into a stretch of playing 13 consecutive contests against divisional foes.
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Two player scoring streaks were extended in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win over Portland on Wednesday – Pascal Pelletier’s six-game streak (3-6-9) and Vladimir Sobotka’s five-gamer (3-3-6)… Goaltender Tuukka Rask has won his last four starts and is 7-1-0 overall… The Bruins have notched a power play goal in all 11 games this season, but they have scored more than one in a game only once… Providence hosts Worcester on Friday… The Sharks are the only team to have beaten the Bruins in regulation thus far, taking a 5-3 decision at the DCU Center on Oct. 21.
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The Falcons have collected a standings point in three straight outings (2-0-0-1) since snapping a five-game winless skid… Springfield is 0-3 in shootouts to this point… Center Marc Pouliot has a point in each of his first four games for the Falcons this season (2-4-6)… T.J. Kemp has exactly one assist in three straight outings… Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers is 6-2-3 with a 2.22 GAA in 12 games for the Falcons and earned a brief recall to Edmonton this week.
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Goaltender Ty Conklin’s 22-save shutout over Binghamton on Nov. 9 was his first regular-season AHL shutout since Mar. 21, 2003, as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs… Ryan Stone and Mark Ardelan both notched their first goals of the season in that 2-0 victory over the Senators… Rookie defenseman Ben Lovejoy recorded his first professional point with an assist in a 4-2 loss at Springfield on Nov. 10… The Penguins conclude a four-game road swing with a visit to Albany on Saturday.
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In this past Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over Springfield, Worcester was denied its first shutout in franchise history when the Falcons tied the game at 1-1 with just five seconds left in regulation… Last year in their inaugural season, the Sharks were the only AHL team that did not post a shutout… Mike Iggulden assisted on Worcester’s lone regulation goal on Monday and now has a point in four straight games (3-4-7) and in 11 of 12 overall on the season (8-9-17).