East Notes: Giroux sets career mark, B’s visit the North

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Albany scored three shorthanded goals in its first two games of the season but was held without a shorthander over its next 54 contests before Brandon Sutter broke the drought on Friday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… The River Rats’ penalty-killing unit has risen to third in the AHL at 86.2 percent… Jerome Samson’s team season-high seven-game scoring streak (4-5-9) ended on Sunday against Norfolk… Mike Angelidis and rookie Nick Dodge are the only River Rats to appear in all 59 games this season… Albany visits Springfield and Worcester this weekend before hosting Syracuse on Sunday.
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With Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Binghamton dropped to 4-11-0-0 in its last 15 visits to the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza… Mattias Karlsson’s franchise-record 12-game assist streak (1-16-17) ended in the loss… With his assist on Wednesday, Denis Hamel (264-228-492) sits eight points shy of 500 for his AHL career… Peter Regin collected his first AHL hat trick and the B-Sens’ first of the season on Friday vs. Hershey and was recalled by parent-club Ottawa on Wednesday… The Sens visit Bridgeport on Friday and Wilkes-Barre again on Saturday.
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Prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Norfolk, the Sound Tigers had gone 8-0-0-3 since a 2-1 setback in Philadelphia on Feb. 8… Trevor Smith snapped an eight-game drought with Bridgeport’s lone goal on Tuesday, his team-leading 25th of the campaign… Mike Iggulden’s five-game scoring run (3-4-7) came to an end… Rookie Jesse Joensuu had a six-game scoring streak (3-7-10) prior to his recall earlier this week to the Islanders, for whom he scored a goal in his NHL debut on Monday… The Sound Tigers play three home games this weekend, welcoming Binghamton, Philadelphia, and Hartford.
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Hartford is currently on its first seven-game winning streak since opening the 2004-05 campaign with nine straight victories… Rookie goaltender Matt Zaba has been between the pipes for all seven games and shows a 1.53 goals-against average and .952 save percentage over that span… Rookie forward Tomas Zaborsky notched his first multiple-point game in the AHL with a pair of assists in Hartford’s 4-3 shootout win at Portland on Saturday… Artem Anisimov scored two goals in a game on Wednesday against Worcester for the first time since Jan. 6 at Manitoba.
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Hershey’s league-leading offense has registered 26 goals during its current five-game points streak (3-0-1-1)… Alexandre Giroux scored his AHL-high and career-best 43rd goal of the season in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Providence… Giroux needs seven more goals to become the first Bear to tally 50 in a season since AHL Hall of Famer Tim Tookey scored 51 in the 1986-87 campaign… AHL leading scorer Keith Aucoin has his scoring streak up to 13 games (4-18-22)… Chris Bourque shows three goals and five points in his last two games… The Bears visit Toronto and Lake Erie this weekend.
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Lowell combined to score just two goals in dropping decisions to Manchester (shootout) and Portland on Saturday and Sunday… The Devils visit Norfolk for a pair of games this weekend as they continue a stretch of playing seven of eight away from Tsongas Arena… Lowell has killed off 16 of 17 shorthanded situations (91.4%) over its last five games… Rookie Matt Halischuk led the Devils with 15 points (5-10-15) in the month of February… Nicklas Bergfors had an eight-game scoring run (5-5-10) halted on Saturday against Manchester… Lowell’s power play is clicking at 31.8 percent (7-for-22) against Portland this season.
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Manchester’s 5-1 win over Springfield on Wednesday improved the Monarchs to 11-3-0-1 since Feb. 4 and gave them sole possession of fourth place in the Atlantic Division… Rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier has stopped 75 of 78 shots (.962) over his last three games and is within one win of the .500 mark overall (16-17-3)… Gabe Gauthier has netted a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) after scoring once in his previous 20 outings… Manchester is a perfect 14-0-0-0 when scoring four or more goals in a game this season… The Monarchs host Hartford and Portland this weekend before visiting Worcester on Sunday.
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The Admirals finished 1-3-0-0 on their four-game road swing after Wednesday’s 4-3 loss in Philadelphia… Following a pair of home games against Lowell this weekend, Norfolk will play five more on the road, all against divisional opponents… Norfolk rookie goaltender Riku Helenius has five wins in the AHL this season (5-7-0, 2.37, .929), and three of them have come at the expense of Bridgeport… Helenius and fellow goaltender Craig Kowalski both registered an assist for the Admirals in separate games last weekend… Norfolk lost on Friday to Providence and on Saturday in Hershey despite carrying a lead into the third period of both contests.
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After going to the eighth round against Providence on Saturday, the Phantoms have now played 17 shootout rounds in their last two trips to the tiebreaker; Philadelphia and Portland went nine rounds on Feb. 20… A season-high crowd of 10,277 came out for the game against the Bruins… Philadelphia’s power play is 6-for-25 (24 percent) over its last six games… With 21 goals on the season, Patrick Maroon is just three short of the Phantoms’ franchise record for a rookie, set last season by Kyle Greentree (24)… Philadelphia hits the road for games in Worcester and Bridgeport this weekend.
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Portland goaltender Kellen Briggs made 28 saves for his first career AHL win on Friday in a 2-1 triumph over Worcester… Defenseman Mike Kostka has registered eight assists over his last nine games… Only four Pirates have played in all 62 games thus far – Marek Zagrapan, Mathieu Darche, Colton Fretter, and Kostka… Dylan Hunter had gone 20 straight games without scoring before he netted the eventual game-winner in Portland’s 6-1 victory over Lowell on Sunday… The Pirates’ lone game of the upcoming weekend is on the road Saturday in Manchester.
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Providence has suffered back-to-back 6-4 loses and is 0-2-0-1 in its last three games, giving the Bruins their first three-game winless skid since Jan. 11-16… Rookie Brad Marchand netted a goal on Wednesday in Toronto and now has a point in eight straight games (4-8-12)… Marchand now has 50 points (16-34-50) for the season and is tied with Portland’s Tim Kennedy for the AHL rookie lead… Fellow rookie Mikko Lehtonen shows four goals in his last three games and leads all first-year pros with 23 goals for the campaign… The Bruins visit North Division foes Manitoba Friday and Saturday) and Rochester (Sunday) to conclude their eight-game road swing.
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Springfield has dropped four straight games and is just 3-14-2-1 in its last 20 games… Geoff Paukovich tallied goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his AHL career last weekend, including a shorthanded marker on Sunday against Manchester… Charles Linglet has recorded at least a point in five of eight games with Springfield since joining the team on Feb. 20… Third-year pro Ryan Potulny has already set a career high with 25 goals and is five shy of his career high 47 points attained last season for the Philadelphia Phantoms… The Falcons host Albany and Hartford this weekend.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton avoided its first three-game winless skid since November with a 3-1 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday… The victory was goaltender John Curry’s 24th of the season (24-10-0), matching his rookie total with the Penguins, and the 48 career victories tie him with Sebastien Caron atop Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time list… Janne Pesonen is riding a four-game scoring streak (3-3-6), and Dustin Jeffrey has a point in three of his last four tilts (1-2-3)… The Penguins visit Syracuse on Friday before hosting Binghamton and Norfolk to conclude the weekend.
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Worcester has dropped two of its last three games, totaling two goals in the two losses but seven goals in the one win, a 7-3 triumph over Springfield on Saturday… The Sharks are just 3-7-1-0 in their last 11 games… Derek Joslin netted Worcester’s lone tally in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Hartford, scoring his first goal since Dec. 26 vs. Providence… Ryan Vesce assisted and now has a point in five straight games (3-4-7)… Worcester’s penalty-killing unit has killed off 27 of 28 shorthanded situations (96.4 percent) over the last seven games… The Sharks host Philadelphia, Albany, and Manchester at the DCU Center this weekend.