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East Notes: Sens own Rats, Sharks hit road

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Goaltender John Grahame shows a 2-8-0 record since joining the team, but Adirondack has totaled only 14 goals in Grahame’s 10 appearances thus far (average 1.40)… Since Grahame joined, fellow goaltender Johan Backlund has made 14 starts, and the Phantoms have tallied 47 goals in those contests (average 3.36)… Mika Pyorala tallied his first career AHL goal in Friday’s 3-1 win over Manchester… Jon Matsumoto tallied his fourth empty-net goal of the season in that game, moving him into a tie for the league lead… The Phantoms visit Portland on Friday before hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday.
 
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Albany is just 1-3-0-1 in its last five games following a 4-3 shootout loss at Binghamton on Wednesday… The River Rats still hold a six-point lead on Norfolk for second place in the East Division race… Jerome Samson tallied a pair of goals 16 seconds apart in Saturday’s 7-6 win over Springfield, just nine seconds short of the franchise record for two fastest goals… Jiri Tlusty has a point in all three games (2-1-3) since returning from parent-club Carolina… Rookie Drayson Bowman has tallied a goal in back-to-back games (2-1-3)… Five of Albany’s top seven scorers are rookies, including Zach Boychuk, Stefan Chaput, Jamie McBain, Chris Terry, and Bowman.
 
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Binghamton is just 2-5-0-0 in its last seven games, but both victories in that span have come against Albany, including a 4-3 regulation decision on Friday and a 4-3 shootout victory on Wednesday… The B-Sens are 4-0-0-0 overall against the River Rats on the season… Senators leading scorer Ryan Keller (23-21-44) has a point in three straight games (2-3-5) and 11 of his last 12 contests (10-7-17)… Erik Condra is riding a four-game scoring run (1-5-6), and Josh Hennessy shows a point in three straight outings (3-1-4)… Captain Denis Hamel scored his 200th goal as a Senator last Friday vs. Albany… Binghamton visits Wilkes-Barre and Albany this weekend before hosting Rochester on Sunday.
 
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Bridgeport snapped a six-game winless skid (0-2-1-3) with a 6-4 triumph over Manchester on Thursday… It marked the first time the Sound Tigers had tallied more than three goals in a game since a 6-2 win at Springfield on Dec. 11… When the Sound Tigers host Worcester on Friday, they will attempt to win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8-9… Bridgeport has dropped four straight trips to the shootout since a 3-2 win over Hartford on Dec. 26… Jesse Joensuu shows four points (1-3-4) in his last two games, and Tyler Haskins is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3)… After hosting the Sharks, Bridgeport visits Hartford on Saturday and welcomes Springfield on Sunday.
 
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Hartford’s 5-1 win at Norfolk on Saturday marked its first regulation win – and the first time it had tallied as many as five goals – since a 5-2 win at Worcester on Jan. 8… The Wolf Pack’s 3-2 overtime win over Lowell on Feb. 3 was their franchise-record eighth overtime victory of the season… Corey Locke, who ranks third in the AHL in scoring (20-39-59), has a point in eight of his last nine games (3-9-12)… Derek Couture’s two-goal effort on Saturday was his first multiple-point game in 42 appearances in a Wolf Pack uniform… Hartford wraps up a four-game road swing in Providence on Friday before hosting Bridgeport on Saturday.
 
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AHL leading scorer Keith Aucoin (28-43-71) is currently without a point in back-to-back games for the first time all season, and second-leading scorer Alexandre Giroux (26-40-66) is scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 6-7; despite that, the Bears won both games, are 10-0-0-0 in their last 10 tilts, and 22-1-0-0 in their last 12… Hershey’s current 17-game home winning streak is two shy of the league-record 19 set by the 1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms… Andrew Joudrey shows three goals in his last two games after totaling six goals in his first 48 contests… The Bears visit Albany and Wilkes-Barre this weekend before hosting Lowell on Sunday.
 
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Three of Lowell’s last four games have extended to overtime, resulting in a win at Worcester (Jan. 31), an overtime loss to Hartford (Feb. 3), and a shootout loss to Portland (Saturday)… Prior to this stretch, the Devils had played just one overtime game since Nov. 6… Lowell’s franchise-record seven-game road winning streak ended in a 3-0 loss at Worcester on Friday… Defenseman Cory Murphy is without a point in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19-20… Rookie Nick Palmieri notched his third multiple-goal game of the season on Saturday… The Devils hit the road this weekend for a pair of games in Norfolk and one in Hershey.
 
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Manchester has dropped three straight games in regulation and been outscored 15-6 over that span; it marks the Monarchs’ first three-game losing skid all season… The Monarchs are 2-3-0-1 on their seven-game road swing, which concludes on Friday at Springfield… Manchester then closes the weekend with home dates vs. Syracuse and Worcester… Bud Holloway recorded his third three-point game (1-2-3) of the season in Saturday’s 6-4 loss at Bridgeport… Justin Azevedo shows five points (2-3-5) in five games since returning to Manchester’s lineup… The Monarchs own the league’s second-best penalty kill at 87.2 percent.
 
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Norfolk’s 5-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday moved the Admirals to 8-1-1-1 since the All-Star break and the change that installed Jim Johnson as head coach… The Admirals own a two-point lead over Adirondack for the East Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot…Norfolk’s penalty kill ranks first in the AHL on the road (89.0 percent) and fourth overall (87.0 percent)… Paul Szczechura shows five points (1-4-5) in five games since joining Norfolk on a conditioning assignment… Matt Fornataro went scoreless in his first seven games as an Admiral but has nine points (6-3-9) in 11 outings since… Norfolk hosts Lowell for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Portland coach Kevin Dineen earned his 200th regular-season AHL coaching victory on Friday in the Pirates’ 3-0 win at Providence… Rhode Island’s capital city was also the site of Dineen’s first AHL victory, a 4-3 win over the Bruins on Oct. 14, 2005… The Pirates have reeled off six straight wins to move within five points of first place in the Atlantic Division… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Mark Mancari has a point in three straight games (1-6-7) and five of his last six (2-7-9)… Kyle Wanvig is on a four-game scoring run (1-3-4)… The Pirates host Syracuse on Friday, Adirondack on Saturday, and Hartford on Monday afternoon.
 
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Providence outscored Worcester 11-5 in sweeping a home-and-home last weekend, just one weekend after outscoring Springfield 14-2 in a home-and-home sweep… On Friday vs. Hartford, the Bruins will go for their first three-game winning streak since stringing together a season-high five in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 11… Trent Whitfield has registered nine points (4-5-9) in six contests since returning from an NHL stint with Boston, and Brad Marchand shows nine points (2-7-9) in eight games since coming back from injury… At 3-0, Providence joins Rochester as the only AHL teams yet to suffer a shootout loss this season.
 
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Springfield matched a season high for goals scored in Saturday’s 7-6 overtime loss at Albany… It also marked the fourth time in their last five games that the Falcons surrendered as many as six goals in a contest… Springfield had not racked up 40 shots in a game all season before accomplishing the feat on consecutive nights last weekend… Colton Fretter is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4), while Liam Reddox has registered three goals and an assist in his last three contests… Chris Armstrong returned to the Falcons’ lineup on Feb. 3 after missing 25 games to injury… Springfield hosts Manchester and Providence this weekend before a Sunday trip to Bridgeport.
 
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Syracuse is riding a six-game winning streak and is 11-4-0-1 in 16 contests since the beginning of January… The Crunch’s current six-game win streak marks their longest since their 15-game run to conclude the 2007-08 season… Derek MacKenzie has an 11-game scoring streak (8-9-17), tied for the fourth-longest in the AHL this season… Defenseman Brendan Bell has posted an assist in four straight games (0-4-4), while Mike Radja shows six points (3-3-6) over his last four contests… Syracuse is 17-2-1-0 this season when scoring four or more goals in a game… The Crunch visit three Atlantic Division cities this weekend, traveling to Portland, Manchester, and Providence.
 
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Wednesday’s 5-3 loss at Norfolk dropped the Penguins to 0-3-0-0 in their last three games, 3-10-0-0 in their last 13, and six points back of the Admirals for the East Division’s final guaranteed playoff spot… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has not missed the postseason since the 2001-02 campaign… The Penguins are the only AHL team without a point when trailing after two periods (0-20-0-0)… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-2-0-0 vs. Syracuse at home and 3-0-0-0 on the road thus far… Defenseman Nate Guenin had scored just once all season prior to his two-goal showing on Wednesday… The Penguins host Binghamton and Hershey this weekend before a Sunday trip to Adirondack.
 
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Worcester has lost back-to-back games for the first time since its seven-game skid from Nov. 7-20… Rookie goaltender Tyson Sexsmith collected his first pro shutout with a 21-save blanking of Lowell on Friday… Rookie Benn Ferriero has a point in seven of his last eight games (6-5-11), including at least one goal in five of those eight contests… Defenseman Danny Groulx’s nine-game scoring streak ended on Sunday at Providence… The Sharks have played a league-low 21 road games thus far… Sunday’s contest began a six-game road swing and a stretch that has Worcester playing 10 of 13 games away from the DCU Center… Worcester visits Bridgeport and Manchester this weekend, and is the only AHL team with Saturday night off.