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East Notes: Rats back in action, Wolf Pack surging

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Albany posted a 3-2 shootout win at Bridgeport on Wednesday in its first game back since its bus accident in the early morning hours of Feb. 19… That victory snapped a three-game winless skid for the River Rats (0-2-0-1) and improved their record in shootouts to 6-3 for the campaign… Jerome Samson netted a goal to extend his scoring streak to five games (3-3-6), while Dwight Helminen’s run ended at four games (4-2-6)… The River Rats continue their road trip this weekend in Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse before returning to the Times Union Center to host Norfolk on Sunday.
 
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Binghamton has scored six goals in each of its last two wins but shows two goals in each of its last two losses, both of which were setbacks in Norfolk last weekend… The Senators evened their mark against Hershey this season at 3-3-0-0 with Wednesday’s come-from-behind 6-5 shootout triumph… Defenseman Mattias Karlsson tied a B-Sens franchise record on Friday in Norfolk by registering an assist in his eighth straight game (0-10-10)… Captain Denis Hamel has a point in eight straight games (6-3-9) and 13 of his last 14 contests (10-9-19).
 
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Bridgeport has dropped three consecutive shootouts since taking a 4-3 win over Houston on Jan. 7… Tyler Haskins has netted a goal in two straight games after totaling four markers through his first 51 games of the campaign… Jesse Joensuu is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and leads all Sound Tigers rookies with 25 points (15-10-25) in 53 games; Joensuu’s plus-15 rating is tops on the entire team… The Sound Tigers visit Philadelphia on Friday before playing a home-and-home with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which sits one point up on Bridgeport for second place in the East Division.
 
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Hartford’s current four-game winning streak is its longest since concluding the 2007-08 regular season with four straight wins… Rookie goaltender Matt Zaba has been in net for all four wins and shows a 1.49 GAA and .955 save percentage over that span… Greg Moore hadn’t registered a multiple-goal game all season prior to scoring twice in Hartford’s 5-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday… That victory was the Wolf Pack’s sixth in their last seven road games… Hartford hosts Manchester on Friday and travels to Portland on Saturday.
 
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Hershey has won just twice in its last eight games (2-5-0-1) but still holds a four-point lead on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division and is just four points back of Manitoba for the overall AHL lead… Goaltender Kris Mayotte made 10 saves on 11 shots in relief on Saturday against Philadelphia to pick up his first career AHL victory… Keith Aucoin (21-56-77) has led the league in scoring all season to this point, ever since he bagged five points on opening night in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 8… The Bears visit Binghamton for the second time in three nights on Friday before hosting Norfolk and Providence to close out the weekend.
 
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Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss at Worcester kicked off a stretch that has the Devils playing nine of 11 games on the road… Lowell visits Springfield this Friday, hosts Manchester on Saturday afternoon, and travels to Portland on Sunday… Sunday’s tilt is one of three remaining trips to Portland for the Devils… Nicklas Bergfors is riding a seven-game scoring streak (4-5-9) and has a point in nine of his last 11 outings… Rookie Michael Swift scored in both ends of the Devils’ home-and-home with Worcester this week, including the overtime winner last Sunday in Lowell.
 
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Manchester has pulled back above .500 for the season (27-26-0-5) with Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over Providence… The Monarchs are now 5-1-0-0 against the Bruins this season, including 4-0-0-0 at Verizon Wireless Arena… Rookie Justin Azevedo racked up seven points (3-4-7) in a three-game span last week… Teddy Purcell had found the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 games with Manchester prior to his recall to parent-club Los Angeles on Feb. 23… The Monarchs will spend this weekend on the road, traveling to Hartford, Lowell, and Springfield.
 
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Norfolk took a pair of wins from Binghamton last weekend and goes for its first three-game winning streak since a four-game run from Dec. 17-27 when it hosts Providence on Friday… The Admirals then travel to Hershey and Albany to close the weekend… Norfolk finished 4-2-1-0 during a stretch of seven games in nine days… Brandon Segal’s five-game goal-scoring run (eight goals) ended on Saturday… Brandon Bochenski has registered 19 points (10-9-19) in his last 20 games… Defenseman Kevin Quick posted a career high with three assists on Friday night.
 
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Longtime Phantoms executive Frank Miceli was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Friday prior to their game against Portland… The Phantoms wore a specialty jersey themed after the Spectrum during that game… Philadelphia has killed 57 of its last 61 shorthanded situations (93.4 percent) over a 12-game span… Rookie Patrick Maroon tallied his second hat trick of the season on Friday and has four goals in his last two games… Jonathan Matsumoto has a point in four of his last five tilts (1-5-6)… Philadelphia hosts Bridgeport and Providence this weekend.
 
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Portland is winless in five straight games (0-3-2-0) since opening its seven-game road swing with a 7-6 shootout win in Lowell on Feb. 15… On Wednesday at Springfield, Kellen Briggs became the eighth different goaltender to appear in a game for Portland this season; no other team has employed more than five netminders… Nathan Gerbe posted two assists on Wednesday in Springfield and now has 40 points (21-19-40) in 36 AHL games for the season… Gerbe’s 21 goals lead all rookies… Portland concludes its road stretch with a game in Worcester on Friday.
 
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Providence opened its season-high eight-game road swing with a 3-2 shootout loss in Manchester on Tuesday… That loss brought an end to the P-Bruins’ five-game road winning streak… The Bruins have not gone consecutive games without a win since a three-game skid from Jan. 11-16… Rookie Brad Marchand is on a four-game scoring streak (1-6-7) and has a point in five of his last six outings (2-9-11)… Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has netted a goal in and three of his last four games (4-1-5)… Providence will play the remaining seven games of its road swing against non-divisional foes, beginning this weekend in Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Hershey.
 
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Springfield is an even 3-3-1-1 under new head coach Rob Daum but is 3-1-1-0 in its last five outings… The Falcons had been 0-7 in overtime this season prior to Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Portland… Defenseman Cody Wild’s fifth goal of the season was the game-winner… Rob Bina scored his first career AHL goal on Sunday at Providence… Newly acquired forward Charles Linglet potted a goal in his Falcons debut on Friday against Worcester… After Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bridgeport, Springfield is a perfect 4-0 in the shootout on home ice this season.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has totaled just two goals in dropping its last two consecutive games, marking its first two-game skid since Jan. 16-17… Goaltender John Curry hadn’t personally lost two straight games since Nov. 14-16… Despite the slump, the Penguins’ offense still ranks second in the league with an average of 3.49 goals per game… Defenseman Alex Goligoski has registered a point in five of seven games (2-3-5) since returning from parent-club Pittsburgh earlier this month… The Penguins host Albany on Friday before kicking off a key home-and-home with Bridgeport on Saturday in Connecticut.
 
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Rookie defenseman Mike Moore’s overtime goal on Wednesday against Lowell was his first game-winner as a professional… Each side won in overtime on home ice in the Sharks’ recently completed home-and-home with the Devils… Cory Larose posted his first three-point effort (1-2-3) since Dec. 20 for the Sharks… Lukas Kaspar has not gone consecutive AHL games without a point since Dec. 20-21… Rookie Jamie McGinn is on a six-game scoring streak (7-1-8)… The Sharks host division rivals Portland and Springfield at the DCU Center this weekend.