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Western Conference notebook

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Chicago has allowed only 12 goals during its current 11-game points streak (10-0-1-0)… Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is 9-1-0 with a 1.09 GAA and .961 save percentage during the Wolves’ recent run, while Robert Gherson posted a 21-save shutout of Manitoba on Feb. 10… Pavelec leads all AHL rookie goaltenders and is tied for second overall with 24 wins on the season (24-9-0)… AHL leading scorer Jason Krog has three goals and five points over his last three contests… After Friday’s game in San Antonio, the Wolves play seven of their next eight games at the Allstate Arena, where they are 21-6-1-0 this season.
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2008 AHL All-Star defenseman Jonathan Ericsson tallied his first career NHL goal for Detroit in Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Edmonton… Garrett Stafford, who leads all Grand Rapids defensemen with 27 points (7-20-27) this season, made his NHL debut in the Red Wings’ 4-1 loss at Vancouver on Feb. 23… Grand Rapids goaltender Adam Berkhoel made 18 saves on Feb. 23 against Manitoba for the first shutout of his AHL career… Dan Turple made his AHL debut for the Griffins on Sunday in Quad City, stopping six of seven shots in one period of relief work.
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Mikhail Grabovski was recalled by parent-club Montreal on Tuesday after notching 19 points (8-11-19) in a 10-game stint with the Bulldogs, including four game-winning goals a pair of four-point efforts… Goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who currently leads the AHL in GAA (2.10) and ranks second in save percentage (.929), was also summoned by the Canadiens on Tuesday… Kyle Chipchura has a point in five straight games (2-3-5) and eight of his last nine (2-6-8)… Duncan Milroy has a point in three of his last four outings (2-3-5).
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Houston’s perfect 4-for-4 road trip capped the Aeros’ best road February in team history, as they tallied 16 points (8-2-0-0) in 10 road games during the month… The previous mark was 11 points in nine February road games, set in 2001-02… Goaltender Barry Brust has stopped 82 of 83 shots (.988) in winning his last three starts, including two consecutive shutouts… The Aeros have killed off 38 straight shorthanded situations over their last seven games… Houston is off until next Tuesday, when it opens a nine-game homestand against league-leading Providence.
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Iowa is winless in four straight games (0-3-1-0) after winning its previous three… Toby Petersen continues to lead the Stars in all three major offensive categories – goals (19), assists (28), and points (47) – through 60 games this season… The Stars play three road games in three days this weekend, all against North Division foes, as they visit Hamilton, Toronto, and Rochester… Iowa is 14-11-1-1 on the road this season and just 12-18-2-1 on home ice.
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Lake Erie has lost three straight games and been blanked in two of the three… Goaltender Jason Bacashihua stopped 29 of 30 shots in a tough-luck 1-0 loss to Houston on Wednesday… That game was the Monsters’ only home contest in a nine-game span… After allowing six goals to Grand Rapids on Feb. 15, Mike Wall stopped 55 of 56 shots (.982) over his next two appearances, including a 32-save shutout of Syracuse on Feb. 18.
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Leading scorer Brad Moran has a goal in two straight games, totaling four points over that span… Jannik Hansen also has a goal in consecutive games (2-1-3), and he boasts a point in seven of his last nine outings… Manitoba had allowed no more than two goals in five straight games before giving up four in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Hershey… Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider is 3-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .933 save percentage in five February appearances… The Moose host Quad City for the first time ever this weekend after defeating the Flames twice in Illinois earlier this season.
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Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris picked up his first win as an Admiral on Feb. 21 in the team’s 5-4 overtime victory at Iowa… The Admirals are 6-2-1-0 in their last nine games, and both regulation losses have been to Rockford… Milwaukee will play seven of its next eight games at the Bradley Center, where it is 16-10-1-1 this season… The Admirals host Providence on Friday for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign… The Admirals are currently tied with Houston for a potential crossover playoff spot in the West Division, and the two teams still have five meetings scheduled, including the last three games of the season.
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Peoria is just 1-8-0-1 in its last 10 contests, all in February, which has dropped the Rivermen to sixth place in the West Division… The Rivermen had been a combined 13-3-1-4 in the two previous Februarys of its AHL existence… Peoria netted a pair of third-period goals in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Manitoba, scoring twice in a period for the first time since Feb. 2 at Milwaukee, a span of eight games… Eric Neilson registered an assist for his first career AHL point in that loss to the Moose… Goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu made his NHL debut for St. Louis on Feb. 21, stopping eight of nine shots in relief duty in a 5-1 loss at Los Angeles.
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Quad City has outscored opponents 12-3 in winning its last two games after totaling 12 goals in its previous five contests… The Flames notched four goals in the second period of both their games last weekend… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney is 6-3-0 with a 2.35 GAA in nine appearances for Quad City since Jan. 24… Krys Kolanos has a point in nine straight games (3-10-13) and 11 of his last 12 outings (6-11-17)… The Flames play eight of their next 10 games on the road, where they are 15-9-0-3 this season.
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Rochester has been shut out in back-to-back games, dropping identical 4-0 decisions last weekend to Binghamton and Houston… Head coach Randy Cunneyworth is one win shy of 300 for his career (299-260-61)… In his eighth season as head coach, Cunneyworth is the longest continuously tenured bench boss in the Amerks’ 52-year history… Marek Zagrapan (16-15-31) and Stefan Meyer (16-14-30) are tied for the team lead with 16 goals apiece, while Mark Mancari continues to lead the Amerks in scoring with 41 points (15-26-41).
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Rockford finished an even 2-2-0-0 in a stretch of playing four consecutive games against Milwaukee… Veteran goaltender Wade Flaherty earned his 20th career AHL shutout on Sunday, making 17 saves in a 2-0 win over the Admirals, with whom he won the 2004 Calder Cup… Winger Troy Brouwer netted his league-leading 17th power play goal in Milwaukee on Feb. 22, and it turned out to be the game-winner… Despite leading the IceHogs with 26 goals, that tally was just Brouwer’s second game-winner of the season and first since Oct. 20.
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Goaltender Josh Tordjman had allowed just five goals in his previous four starts combined prior to giving up five in a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Wednesday… It marked the teams’ first meeting since Nov. 18, when San Antonio handed the Wolves their first regulation loss of the season after a 13-0-1-0 start… Bill Thomas had his three-game goal-scoring streak come to an end; Thomas had netted the game-winner in each of the Rampage’s last two victories… San Antonio, with 31 wins on the season, is just five short of its franchise-record 36 victories, set in the Rampage’s inaugural 2002-03 campaign.
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Karl Goehring’s 21-save shutout of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 23 marked his 10th career shutout in a Crunch uniform, ranking him second all-time in that category, behind only J.F. Labbe’s 11… Derek MacKenzie had recorded 11 points (7-4-11) in his last nine games for the Crunch prior to being recalled by parent-club Columbus on Wednesday… Syracuse has dropped five straight shootouts after winning its first one of the season on Nov. 2… The Crunch have netted the game’s first goal 36 times in 60 games this season (21-13-1-1), second only to Hartford’s 37 times in 59 contests.
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Jeremy Williams, who has a team-high 18 goals (18-15-33) for the Marlies this season, scored for the Maple Leafs on Wednesday in their 4-3 shootout win at Florida… Williams has now played three career NHL games – one this season, one in 2006-07, and one in 2005-06 – and he has lit the lamp in all three contests… Alex Foster registered his fifth shorthanded goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Hamilton, setting a new Marlies franchise record… Goaltender Justin Pogge also broke a Toronto franchise record over the weekend, notching his 20th win of the season (20-5-4)… Three goaltenders had previously recorded 19 victories, including Pogge last year.