East Notes: Giroux reaches 50 goals, Boychuk breaks out

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Defenseman Dominic D’Amour made his Albany debut on Friday and scored his first goal for the River Rats on Sunday, the game-winner against Philadelphia… Rookie Cory Quirk made professional debut on Saturday and then posted his first pro point with an assist on D’Amour’s goal on Sunday… The other assist on the goal went to Tomas Pospisil, who recorded his first point since joining the River Rats on Mar. 11… Captain Pat Dwyer registered the first hat trick of his pro career on Saturday in Syracuse… Rookie Nick Dodge is the only player to skate in every game for Albany this season.
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Binghamton has played each of its last six games against either Norfolk or Philadelphia, posting an even 3-3-0-0 record during that stretch… Captain Denis Hamel became the 75th player to record 500 points in his AHL career with an assist on Mattias Karlsson’s third-period goal on Wednesday vs. the Phantoms… With 84 standings points after a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on Saturday, the Senators have already surpassed the 82 points they totaled last season… Karlsson leads all AHL defensemen with 40 assists… Peter Regin’s recent 12-game scoring streak tied Karlsson for the team’s longest of the season.
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Bridgeport had won six straight home games before dropping a 5-3 decision to Worcester on Tuesday… The Sound Tigers are still 25-8-0-3 at the Arena at Harbor Yard this season, one of the best home-ice records in the league… Sean Bentivoglio has registered a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, and Jeremy Colliton has an assist in three straight (0-3-3)… Ben Walter has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven contests (3-5-8)… Bridgeport, one point up on Hershey atop the East Division, has Friday off before visiting the Bears on Saturday and traveling to Lowell on Sunday.
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Even with Sunday’s 5-3 loss in Providence, the Wolf Pack are 13-3-1-0 in 17 games since suffering consecutive defeats to Manitoba and Bridgeport on Feb. 14-18… Hartford’s 7-2 win at Springfield on Saturday was only the 10th of its 40 victories to come by a margin of more than two goals… Dale Weise (2-2-4) and Vladimir Denisov (1-2-3) both registered personal AHL highs in points in that win… The Wolf Pack went 5-0-0-0 in Springfield this season, the first time they have ever swept the road portion of their season series with the Falcons… It equals their 5-0-0-0 mark at Bridgeport in 2006-07 for most road wins ever in a season series.
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Alexandre Giroux became the fifth player in Bears history – and the first since AHL Hall of Famer Tim Tookey in 1986-87 – to score 50 goals in a season when he notched number 50 on Sunday at Manchester… Each of Hershey’s last five wins has been by a one-goal margin, including Wednesday’s 4-3 triumph over Toronto… Goaltender Michal Neuvirth made a Hershey season-high 47 saves in Sunday’s win at Manchester before stopping six straight in a nine-round shootout… Both of the Bears’ wins last weekend (at Portland, at Manchester) came after they trailed entering the third period.
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Three of Lowell’s last four games have ended in shutouts, one for and two against… Goaltender Jeff Frazee, who has played 10 straight games for the Devils, blanked Worcester with 43 saves on Saturday… The Devils’ penalty kill has been successful on 25 of its last 26 chances (96.1 percent) over its last six home games… Lowell is 11-1-0-2 at Tsongas Arena when allowing two goals or less… Olivier Magnan’s game-winning goal on Friday vs. Hershey was just his second tally of the season and first since Feb. 20 vs. Hartford… Lowell visits Portland and Worcester this weekend before hosting Bridgeport on Sunday.
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Manchester snapped a five-game winless skid (0-3-0-2) with a 3-0 triumph at Lowell on Tuesday… The slide was the Monarchs’ longest since another five-gamer from Oct. 25 to Nov. 9… The Monarchs are 29-4-0-3 this season when they score three or more goals in a game, including a 15-0-0-0 mark when scoring at least four… Rookie Justin Azevedo is on a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) after totaling just three points (1-2-3) in his previous 12 contests… Defenseman Tom Preissing had a point in three straight games (2-3-5) before going scoreless on Tuesday at Lowell… The Monarchs hit the road for games in Providence and Portland this weekend.
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Norfolk, coming off wins against Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last weekend, will go for its first three-game winning streak since a four-game run from Dec. 17-27 when it hosts Grand Rapids on Friday… That marks the Admirals’ lone tilt of the upcoming weekend… Captain Zenon Konopka’s nine-game scoring streak (4-8-12) ended on Saturday vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Brandon Bochenski has a point in four of his last five games (2-3-5) and a team-high six game-winning goals on the season… The Admirals took a 4-2 win over Binghamton on Friday, with defenseman Geoff Kinrade scoring the game-winner on his first professional shot.
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Philadelphia wrapped up its all-time series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two games over the past week; in 102 regular-season contests against the Penguins through the years, the Phantoms went 52-43-2-2 with three ties… The Phantoms will play their final games against Western Conference opponents this weekend when Toronto and Grand Rapids come to town… After this weekend, Philadelphia will play its final seven games against three teams – Norfolk (3), Albany (2), and Hershey (2)… Jared Ross has a point in eight of his last nine games (5-5-10) for the Phantoms.
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Portland has lost three straight games and six of its last eight (2-6-0-0) but is still tied with Worcester for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot… The Pirates and Sharks have one head-to-head meeting left, on Apr. 8 in Worcester… Colin Murphy has a point in four of his last five contests (2-4-6), and rookie Felix Schutz’s five-game scoring streak (2-4-6) ended in Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Bridgeport… Mathieu Darche shows a point in five of his last six tilts (4-3-7)… Tim Kennedy continues to lead AHL rookies in scoring with 55 points (14-41-55) in 63 games.
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Johnny Boychuk had been without a point in four straight games before his two-goal and three-point showing on Sunday vs. Hartford… Boychuk leads AHL defensemen with 19 goals and 58 points, both of which are also good for second overall on the Bruins… Rookie forward Mikko Lehtonen has a point in five of his last six games (2-3-5)… Goaltender Tuukka Rask is 5-0-2 in his last seven decisions and picked up his fourth shutout of the season with 29 saves in Friday’s 1-0 shootout loss to Albany… Providence has outscored opponents 74-50 in the first period this season… The B’s host Manchester on Friday, visit Hartford on Saturday, and welcome Worcester on Sunday.
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Goaltender Devan Dubnyk picked up his third shutout of the season with 32 saves in Springfield’s 2-0 win over Worcester on Sunday… Dubnyk paces all AHL goaltenders in minutes (3337), saves (1579), and losses (36)… Ryan Potulny is on a three-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and continues to lead the Falcons overall with 30 goals and 49 points in 61 games… The Falcons wrap up their season series with Worcester on Friday before visiting Albany on Saturday and hosting Portland on Sunday.
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Janne Pesonen has racked up seven goals in his last four games and has at least a point in 12 of his last 15 games (13-11-24)… Chris Minard had been without a point in four straight games before scoring in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 5-3 win over Grand Rapids on Wednesday… Mark Letestu shows seven goals and 11 points in six games against Norfolk this season, and the teams still have two meetings left, both in Wilkes-Barre… Goaltender John Curry ranks third in the league with 29 wins (29-14-0) and has won five of his last seven appearances (5-2-0)… The Penguins are off on Friday, host Toronto on Saturday, and visit Hershey on Sunday.
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Worcester’s five goals on Tuesday in a 5-3 win at Bridgeport were its most since scoring seven in a 7-3 triumph over Springfield on Feb. 28… The Sharks had been blanked in two straight games prior to Tuesday… Goaltender Thomas Greiss made a season-high 47 saves in the win over the Sound Tigers, his most since Apr. 6, 2007 vs. Hartford… Tom Cavanagh had a career-high eight-game scoring streak (4-6-10) snapped in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Lowell and was recalled to San Jose on Sunday… The Sharks host Springfield and Lowell this weekend before making their final regular-season visit to Providence on Sunday.