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East Notes: Pirates hot, Sens roll at home

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Adirondack is 1-4-0-0 since winning back-to-back games from Nov. 14-18… David Laliberte has racked up five points (2-3-5) in his last two games for the Phantoms, including a goal in both contests… Jon Matsumoto (2-1-3) and Stefan Legein (2-0-2) have also lit the lamp in their last two outings… The Phantoms are 5-2-0-0 this season against Atlantic Division opponents but are just 3-7-1-0 within their own East Division… Adirondack hosts Norfolk at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on Friday, returns to Glens Falls to play Albany on Saturday, and wraps up the weekend in Springfield on Sunday.
 
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Albany ended its eight-game road winless skid (0-6-1-1) with a 3-2 triumph on Saturday at Norfolk… Prior to that, the River Rats had not won away from Times Union Center since their first road tilt of the season, a 2-1 overtime victory at Adirondack on Oct. 17… While Justin Peters was on NHL recall to Carolina, rookie goaltender Mike Murphy started five straight games for Albany and went 2-3-0 (2.78, .929)… Rob Hennigar is on a three-game scoring streak (0-4-4), while rookie Chris Terry saw his five-game scoring run (1-4-5) end on Friday in Norfolk… Albany hosts Hershey on Friday, visits Adirondack on Saturday, and hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.
 
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Since dropping a 5-2 decision to Hershey on Nov. 20, Binghamton has outscored opponents 16-1 in winning three consecutive home games… Chris Holt made his AHL season debut for the Senators on Saturday vs. Rochester and pitched a 27-save shutout in a 5-0 win over the league-leading Americans… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Josh Hennessy is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak (6-3-9)… Denis Hamel has a point in four straight games (3-2-5), and defenseman Derek Smith shows a three-game scoring run (1-3-4)… Martin St. Pierre has racked up five points (2-3-5) in his last two contests… The B-Sens play a home-and-home set with Syracuse this weekend.
 
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Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Providence marked just the second time this season that the Sound Tigers lost a game that extended beyond regulation (8-0-0-2)… Bridgeport’s 10 trips past regulation time are tied with Peoria for most in the AHL thus far… The Sound Tigers are just 3-8-0-0 this season when they outshoot their opponent but show a 9-4-0-2 mark when the opponent garners more shots… Scott Munroe made 39 saves in a 3-0 win over Lowell on Friday to record Bridgeport’s first shutout of the season… The Sound Tigers visit Lowell for a rematch with the Devils this Friday before hosting Springfield on Saturday.
 
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Hartford is currently winless in back-to-back games (0-0-1-1) for the first time since a three-game regulation losing skid from Oct. 16-23… Each of the Wolf Pack’s last three games has extended beyond regulation, resulting in an overtime win and losses in both overtime and a shootout… Rookie Paul Crowder shows four goals (4-0-4) in his last six games after being held to two goals in his first 17 outings… With their 4-1 win at Lowell on Nov. 25, the Wolf Pack are 2-0-0-0 against the Devils this year and have outscored them 9-3; last season, Hartford finished 2-4-0-2 against Lowell… The Wolf Pack hit the road this weekend for games in Manchester, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Hershey.
 
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Hershey has earned at least a point in 13 of 15 games (11-2-0-2) since getting out to a modest 4-4-0-0 start this season… Goaltender Michal Neuvirth made 42 saves on Sunday in a 5-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, marking Hershey’s second shutout victory in four clashes with the Penguins so far this season… Kyle Wilson (3-2-5) and Andrew Gordon (3-1-4) each has a goal in three straight games, and Michael Dubuc shows a point in all three contests (2-2-4) since rejoining the Bears from the ECHL… Rookie defenseman Zach Miskovic posted a combined five assists on Saturday and Sunday after totaling three points (1-2-3) in his first 14 games this season.
 
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Lowell had totaled just one goal during a three-game losing skid from Nov. 25-28 before racking up five scores in a 5-3 win over Adirondack on Wednesday… The Devils now rank fourth in the league in offense, averaging 3.32 goals per contest… Rookie Matt Taormina leads all AHL defensemen in goals (7), power play goals (5), and is tied for third with 19 points in 25 games… Vladimir Zharkov, who has a team-high 20 points (6-14-20) in 22 games for Lowell, made his NHL debut with New Jersey on Saturday, recording five shots in a 6-1 win over the N.Y. Islanders… Lowell hosts Bridgeport on Friday and Manchester on Sunday this weekend.
 
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After Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Portland, three of Manchester’s seven regulation setbacks this season have come via the shutout, and all three of those have been by 2-0 finals… The loss to the Pirates also marked just the second home regulation defeat for the Monarchs this season (9-2-0-1) and the first time they were blanked at home since a 2-0 loss to Hamilton on Dec. 19, 2008… Bud Holloway has registered eight points (3-5-8) in his last eight games for the Monarchs… Rookie Corey Elkins saw his four-game scoring streak (2-2-4) end on Wednesday, and Gabe Gauthier’s three-game run (2-2-4) also went by the boards… Manchester is in a stretch of playing 20 straight games against divisional opponents before a visit to Albany on Jan. 8.
 
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Norfolk has dropped five of six outings (1-4-0-0) since moving a season-high two games over .500 (10-8-1-0) after a 2-1 win at Manchester on Nov. 18… The Admirals have had 24 of their 25 games this far be decided by either a one- or two-goal margin, with a 6-1 win at Syracuse on Nov. 7 standing as the lone exception… Blair Jones is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5) and has found the scoresheet in 10 of his last 13 contests (5-11-16)… Defenseman Ty Wishart’s second goal of the season gave the Admirals a 4-3 overtime win over Albany on Friday… Norfolk’s penalty kill was a perfect 23-for-23 on its recent eight-game road trip… The Admirals visit Adirondack and Hershey this weekend.
 
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Portland has a point in 10 straight outings (7-0-3-0) since falling a season-high five games under .500 (5-10-0-0) following a 6-1 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11… Six different Pirates have netted game-winning goals during the streak, with rookie Matt Caruana the only player to have recorded two… Both of Caruana’s goals this season have been game-winners… Felix Schutz has lit the lamp in four of his last five outings (5-1-6)… Second-year goaltender Jhonas Enroth has stopped 96 of 99 shots (1.00, .970) during his current three-game winning streak… The Pirates host Providence on both Friday and Saturday before visiting Worcester on Sunday.
 
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Providence is 6-2-0-0 in its last eight contests to climb above the .500 mark (12-11-1-0) for the first time since the B’s were 4-3-1-0 before play on Oct. 30… The Bruins have recorded five separate two-game winning streaks this season – including one currently – but have yet to win a third straight game… 2009 Eddie Shore Award winner Johnny Boychuk, on a conditioning assignment from parent-club Boston, made his AHL season debut on Wednesday in Providence’s 2-1 shootout win at Bridgeport… Mikko Lehtonen has a goal in two straight games and a point in seven of his last nine (4-5-9)… The B’s visit red-hot Portland for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Springfield is currently winless in a season-high four straight games (0-3-0-1), all since starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk (9-8-1, 2.77, .924) was recalled by parent-club Edmonton on Nov. 22… The Falcons have totaled two goals in each game of the winless skid… Colton Fretter netted his team-leading 10th goal of the season on Sunday vs. Portland and has lit the lamp in six of his last seven tilts overall (7-1-8)… Fretter also has a point in 10 of his last 11 contests (8-6-14)… Charles Linglet has a point in four of his last five outings (0-4-4), and Cody Wild is riding a three-game scoring streak (0-3-3)… The Falcons host Worcester and Adirondack this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Bridgeport in between.
 
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Syracuse fell to 0-4-2-0 against league-leading Rochester this season after Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Americans… Goaltender Kevin Lalande started his fifth straight game and third in as many days in that contest, and it marked Pascal Pelletier’s 300th career AHL game… The Crunch won back-to-back games for the first time all season with 4-3 triumphs over Houston and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Saturday… Bates Battaglia has netted a goal in three of his last four games (3-2-5), and Dan Fritsche has a goal in his last two outings (2-1-3)… Syracuse plays a home-and-home set with Binghamton this weekend.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has lost three straight games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 22-26, 2008… Dustin Jeffrey is tied for second in the AHL with 19 assists in 19 games this season; Jeffrey totaled 26 assists in 63 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as a rookie last year… Luca Caputi is tied for second in the league with six power play goals thus far, already doubling his rookie-year total from the 2008-09 campaign… The Penguins’ run of 15 consecutive games with a fighting major ended on Saturday vs. Syracuse… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Hartford on Friday before visiting Albany on Saturday.
 
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Worcester has won five straight games on the heels of a franchise-record seven-game losing skid from Nov. 7-20… Rookie goaltender Alex Stalock has been between the pipes for all five victories and shows a 1.60 goals-against average and .945 save percentage over that span… Second-year pro Steven Zalewski has recorded a point in six of his last seven games (2-7-9), including a three-assist showing on Saturday vs. Bridgeport… Captain Ryan Vesce also put up a season-high three points (1-2-3) in that contest)… Defenseman Danny Groulx has five points (1-4-5) in his last five games after totaling three points (1-2-3) in his previous 10 outings… The Sharks visit Springfield and Manchester this weekend before hosting Portland on Sunday.