East Notes: Sens eye playoffs, Curry nabs 50th win

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Albany has posted a 5-3-0-0 record since returning to the ice following its Feb. 19 bus accident… Captain Pat Dwyer has netted six goals in his last four games, spread over three two-goal efforts… Defenseman Brett Carson is on a six-game scoring streak (1-6-7) since missing two games due to the accident… Yannick Tifu is on a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4), and Jakub Petruzalek shows a point in four of his last five contests (3-2-5)… Albany continues a four-game homestand with weekend games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Philadelphia.
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Looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005, Binghamton holds a 10-point lead on Philadelphia for the East Division’s fourth and final berth… Sens goaltender Jeff Glass has stopped 117 of 121 shots (.967) in winning his last three games, all on the road… Captain Denis Hamel has registered a point in four of his last five games (2-3-5), and rookie Zack Smith has one in three of his last four (2-1-3)… Binghamton continues to show the league’s top-ranked power play (24.0 percent)… The Senators play their next four games against Norfolk, beginning with a pair at home this weekend.
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Bridgeport has won a season-high four games and is 12-1-0-3 since Feb. 11… Jon Sim, who had spent the entire season with the parent New York Islanders, has racked up five goals and six points since joining the Sound Tigers last week… Junior Lessard has two goals since joining Bridgeport, and both have been game-winners… Jeremy Colliton has a four-game scoring streak (3-4-7), and defenseman Andrew MacDonald shows a point in three straight (0-3-3)… Bridgeport visits Springfield and Hartford this weekend before a showdown in Hershey on Sunday afternoon.
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Sunday’s 6-3 loss in Bridgeport ended the Wolf Pack’s nine-game points streak (8-0-1-0)… At 35-24-3-3 for the year, Hartford is five wins from clinching its sixth straight 40-win campaign, which would tie an AHL record… Prior to Miika Wiikman playing Sunday’s game, rookie goaltender Matt Zaba had started 10 straight, 16 of the previous 18, and 18 of the previous 21 games for the Wolf Pack… Friday’s 1-0 defeat in Manchester was the first-ever 1-0 overtime loss in Hartford franchise history… Hartford visits Worcester on both Friday and Sunday this weekend, with a home tilt against Bridgeport in between on Saturday.
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Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Springfield dropped Hershey to 5-6-1-2 in its last 14 games… Alexandre Giroux netted his league-high 47th goal of the season in the losing effort; Giroux now has five goals in his last four games… Rookie Francois Bouchard (2-2-4) and Andrew Gordon (2-1-3) are each on three-game scoring streaks, and Chris Bourque has a point in four of his last five contests (3-4-7)… Goaltender Simeon Varlamov made his first appearance since Jan. 14 on Sunday in Hershey’s 6-1 win at Toronto… The Bears host division rivals Hershey and Bridgeport this weekend.
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Lowell’s current five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) is its longest since a seven-game slide (0-6-0-1) from Dec. 6-21… Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Bridgeport marked the fifth straight game in which the Devils scored exactly one goal… Since combining for 13 goals in a two-game span on Feb. 14-15, Lowell has topped the three-goal plateau in a game just once – a 4-3 overtime win over Worcester on Feb. 22… Rookie goaltender Jeff Frazee lost in regulation on Saturday in Norfolk for the first time when allowing two goals or less; he is now 14-1-3 when doing so.
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Manchester’s current six-game winning streak matches its season high, previously attained from Nov. 19-28… The Monarchs have a point in eight straight games (7-0-0-1) and are 12-3-0-1 since the beginning of February… Brian Boyle has a goal in his last two games (2-0-2) and a point in four straight (2-2-4)… Trevor Lewis posted a goal and an assist on Sunday at Worcester, his first multiple-point effort since Feb. 4 at Hartford… Manchester is 7-2-0-1 on Wednesdays and 11-6-0-3 on Fridays this season… The Monarchs host Lowell and Worcester this weekend.
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Norfolk finished 4-3-0-1 against Albany for the second straight season after Wednesday’s 5-3 loss in New York’s capital… The home team won all eight of the teams’ match-ups in 2008-09… Justin Keller scored for the Admirals on Wednesday, his first road goal of the season after netting each of his previous 14 at home… AHL All-Star Brandon Segal made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay last week, skating in two games… Segal has established career highs in goals (22), assists (20), and points (42) this season fro Norfolk… The Admirals visit Binghamton for a pair of games this weekend and travel to Philadelphia on Sunday.
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The eight goals surrendered in an 8-5 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday were the most allowed by Philadelphia since a 9-0 loss at Hershey on Nov. 29… The Phantoms had allowed five power play goals in their previous 17 games before giving up four in the loss to the Penguins… Danny Syvret snapped a season-high seven-game scoring drought with a goal and an assist… Philadelphia is 2-10-1-3 at Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard over the past five seasons… After enjoying Friday off, the Phantoms visit Albany on Saturday and host Norfolk on Sunday.
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Since posting a 6-1 win over Lowell on Mar. 1, Portland has totaled just two goals in dropping its last two games… On Saturday, goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 22 saves in a 2-1 loss at Manchester in his return from an NHL stint with Buffalo… Tim Kennedy is tied for the AHL rookie scoring lead with 50 points (14-36-50), while Nathan Gerbe ranks second among rookies with 22 goals (22-20-42)… Rookie Derek Whitmore broke an 11-game goal-scoring drought with the Pirates’ lone marker in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Binghamton… The Pirates visit Providence on Friday and host Lowell on Saturday.
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Providence wrapped up its season-high eight-game road swing at 2-3-0-3… The Bruins will now play nine of their next 12 games at home before concluding with three on the road… Goaltender Tuukka Rask snapped a personal three-game winless skid – his longest of the season – in Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Rochester… Providence has outscored opponents 67-47 in the first period this season and has been outscored 137-120 in the second and third frames combined… The Bruins host Portland on Friday, visit Springfield on Saturday, and welcome Lowell on Sunday.
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Springfield is just 4-16-2-1 in its last 23 games, and three of the four wins have come in either overtime or the shootout… The Falcons’ lone regulation win in this span was a 6-3 triumph over Portland on Feb. 17… Charles Linglet has registered a point in eight of 11 games (3-7-10) since joining the Falcons… Ryan Potulny has notched a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3), increasing his team-high total to 27… Rookie defenseman Taylor Chorney’s three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) ended on Wednesday in a 3-2 shootout win at Hershey… The Falcons host Bridgeport and Providence this weekend.
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John Curry earned his 50th career win on Wednesday at Philadelphia; Curry passed Sebastien Caron for first on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s career list when he defeated Norfolk on Sunday… Mark Letestu has racked up 35 points (14-21-35) in 31 games since Jan. 1 and matched a season-high with four points (1-3-4) on Wednesday… Letestu now has 19 goals on the season, one more than the number of points he had during his entire rookie campaign in 2007-08… Chris Minard has recorded three goals and four points in his last two games… The Pens visit Albany and Hershey this weekend before returning to Albany on Monday.
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Worcester secured its first-ever win over Philadelphia on Friday with a 4-1 triumph; The Sharks had been 0-3-0-0 all-time against the Phantoms… Ryan Vesce netted a goal against his former team in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Binghamton and has a point in eight of his last nine games (4-6-10)… Tom Cavanagh is on a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), matching his season high… Rookie Matt Fornataro shows seven points (4-3-7) in his last six games… The Sharks have both scored and allowed 11 shorthanded goals this season… Worcester hosts Hartford on Friday, visits Manchester on Saturday, and welcomes Hartford again on Sunday.