’90 Calder Cup MVP wins AHL return

In his first game on a conditioning stint with the Phantoms, Jeff Hackett stopped 16 shots to help Philadelphia to a 5-2 win over Albany on Friday night.

It was Hackett’s first appearance in the AHL since he won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs in 1990.

Defenseman Kirk Furey led the offense with a goal and two assists for the Phantoms, and Claude Lapointe, also beginning an AHL conditioning assignment, scored his first AHL goal since the 1995-96 season.

Hackett, a second-round draft pick by the New York Islanders in 1987, spent two seasons with the Springfield Indians before landing a full-time job in the NHL. In 1989-90, he went 24-25-3 in 54 regular-season appearances, then posted a 10-5 record in the postseason to lead the Indians to the Calder Cup.

In 500 career NHL games, Hackett has amassed 166 victories with the Islanders, San Jose, Chicago, Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Brad Tapper scored twice and Charlie Stephens and Brooks Laich recorded three points each as Binghamton defeated Hershey, 7-4… Brad Moran’s hat trick lifted Syracuse to a 6-1 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Mike Morrison made 36 saves as Toronto defeated St. John’s, 5-2, in front of 8,249 fans at Ricoh Coliseum… Rastislav Stana stopped 38 shots to preserve Portland’s 2-1 win over Worcester… Layne Ulmer scored 1:25 into overtime to give Hartford a 2-1 win in Providence… Marc Lamothe finished with 32 saves as Grand Rapids extended its home unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3-0) with a 3-2 win over Chicago… Pavel Vorobiev and Ty Jones each picked up a goal and an assist to help Norfolk edge San Antonio, 4-3… Mike Zigomanis recorded a goal and two assists as Lowell skated to a 3-3 tie in Bridgeport… Dan Jancevski netted the game-winner with 56 seconds left in regulation to give Utah a 3-2 win over Cincinnati… Jason King, Tyler Bouck and Nolan Baumgartner each picked up a goal and an assist to propel Manitoba to a 4-1 win over Rochester… Erik Westrum scored two goals and Jean-Marc Pelletier made 31 saves as Springfield blanked Manchester, 4-0… Led by a goal and two assists from Simon Gamache, Milwaukee edged Houston, 4-3.