Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany outscored league-leading Hershey 13-6 in taking two straight road victories over the Bears on Saturday and Wednesday… The River Rats had totaled 12 goals in their previous six contests before the two-game outburst… Overall, Albany is now 5-1-0-0 in its last six outings and 5-0-0-0 in its last five games against East Division opponents… AHL All-Star Michael Ryan shows eight goals in his last four games, including a pair of hat tricks… Jerome Samson has lit the lamp in three straight contests (4-1-5)… Albany visits Syracuse on Friday, hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, and travels to Philadelphia on Sunday.
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Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Rochester improved Binghamton to 3-0-0-0 against the Amerks this season… The Senators moved to 10-3-1-0 in their last 14 games and sit four points up on Philadelphia for the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot… Captain Denis Hamel registered the first four-point effort (2-2-4) by a Senator this year in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Rochester… Greg Mauldin has netted a goal in three straight games (3-2-5) and shows a point in four straight (3-1-4)… Binghamton’s power play ranks first in the AHL at 23.6 percent.
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Bridgeport dropped to 1-3-1-0 in its last five road games with Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to intra-state rival Hartford… In the season series with the Wolf Pack thus far, the Sound Tigers are 0-2-0-0 on the road but 3-0-1-0 at home… Ben Walter has scored a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3), AHL All-Star Mike Iggulden shows a point in six of his last seven contests (1-6-7), and Sean Bentivoglio has a point in four of his last five (1-4-5)… The Sound Tigers host Hershey on Friday in a battle of the East Division’s top two teams.
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Hartford has alternated wins and non-wins for each of its last 12 games, most recently a 4-2 triumph over Bridgeport on Wednesday… Artem Anisimov has netted the overtime winner in both of Hartford’s visits to the MassMutual Center in Springfield this season… Goaltender Matt Zaba posted his first career AHL shutout on Friday in Springfield, making 40 saves in a 1-0 victory… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is riding a five-game scoring streak (1-7-8) and has a point in eight of his last nine contests (4-10-14)… The Wolf Pack host Springfield and Providence at the XL Center this weekend.
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Hershey is on its first three-game losing streak of the campaign and its first in the regular season since March 15-19, 2008… The Bears have been outscored 19-8 in the three games and have surrendered 27 goals in their last four losses… Alexandre Giroux extended his goal-scoring streak to 12 games (17-7-24) with a third-period marker in Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to Albany… Giroux is now two games shy of Brett Hull’s AHL record 14-game run, attained from Jan. 24 to Feb. 21, 1987… Chris Bourque’s nine-game scoring streak (1-9-10) ended in the loss to the River Rats.
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Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Providence improved the Devils to 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games overall and marked their third straight win over the P-Bruins since a 3-0 loss on Dec. 12… Rookie Michael Swift has netted a goal in three of his last four games (4-1-5), and Nicklas Bergfors is riding a five-game scoring streak (1-5-6)… AHL All-Star goaltender Jeff Frazee is on a personal five-game winning streak (2.00, .944) and is 8-1-0 in his last nine outings… The Devils are now 17-9-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
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Manchester earned its first overtime victory of the season on Jan. 7, a 3-2 triumph over Providence… The Monarchs’ previous nine trips to overtime had all resulted in a shootout… That victory also marked the first career AHL win for goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, who made 29 saves… Manchester dropped a pair of games in Norfolk last weekend and is now 1-4-0-1 in its last six contests… Matt Moulson has a point in three straight games (1-3-4), and Justin Azevedo had a point in both tilts in Norfolk (1-1-2).
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Bracken Kearns has a point in three straight contests (2-1-3) and scored the game-winning goal in both Norfolk victories over Manchester last weekend… The pair of wins lifted the Admirals to 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games… Captain Zenon Konopka had five points (2-3-5) in the two-game set against the Monarchs, Brandon Bochenski is on a three-game scoring run (1-3-4), and AHL All-Star Steve Downie shows a point in three of his last four outings (3-2-5)… The Admirals continue their nine-game homestand by hosting Worcester twice this weekend.
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Philadelphia had been blanked in two straight games before exploding for seven goals in a 7-1 win over Worcester on Wednesday… The Phantoms hadn’t been blanked in back-to-back contests since Jan. 22-24, 2003… Jared Ross had gone scoreless in five straight games and without a goal in nine straight before tallying three goals and an assist against the Sharks… Former AHL rookie of the year Danny Briere had a goal and an assist in the first game of his conditioning stint from the Flyers… Wednesday marked the ninth straight game in which the Phantoms allowed at least 38 shots.
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Portland has won consecutive games on only one occasion since an eight-game run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 19… AHL All-Star Nathan Gerbe shows eight points (3-5-8) in six games since returning from his first NHL stint with Buffalo… Marek Zagrapan has found the scoresheet in three of his last four games (4-2-6)… Portland has won eight of its last 11 home games and has totaled 39 goals in those 11 contests… Jhonas Enroth started 13 consecutive games in net for the Pirates before Bobby Goepfert got the call on Sunday against Springfield.
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Providence is 2-6-1-1 in its last 10 road games – all against divisional opponents – after Wednesday’s 3-2 setback in Lowell… Jeremy Reich has a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3) for the Bruins, and rookie Mikko Lehtonen shows a point in five of his last six contests (2-5-7)… Rookie Brad Marchand’s six-game scoring run (3-7-10) ended in the loss to the Devils… AHL All-Star defenseman Johnny Boychuk is currently scoreless in three straight games for just the third time all season… The Bruins host Portland and Rochester this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Hartford in between.
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Springfield’s 4-1 win at Portland on Sunday snapped a four-game winless skid (0-3-1-0)… The Falcons will go for their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 5-6 when they make the short trip to Hartford on Friday… Mike Gabinet’s first career AHL goal was the eventual game-winner in the Falcons’ victory over the Pirates on Sunday… Goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers completed his two-week conditioning stint with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in five games (1-4-0)… Tyler Spurgeon shows a goal in each of his last two games.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a point in three straight games (2-0-0-1) and nine of its last 11 (8-2-0-1)… The Penguins have scored the game’s first goal in 24 of their 40 contests this season (17-6-0-1)… Mark Letestu has registered a point in three straight games (2-2-4) and eight of his last nine outings (4-8-12)… Janne Pesonen has netted a goal in three consecutive contests and shows eight points over that span (3-5-8)… The Penguins have scored an AHL-high 54 goals in the third period this season, outscoring opponents 54-40.
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Worcester began a four-game East Division road trip with a 7-1 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday… It marked the third time in the Sharks’ last four losses that they allowed seven goals… Ryan Vesce posted an assist on Worcester’s lone goal and now has a point in eight straight games (4-7-11)… Lukas Kaspar netted the goal to extend his scoring streak to six games (4-4-8)… The Sharks are now 0-3-0-0 all-time against the Phantoms… Worcester, which is in a stretch of playing 13 of 15 games on the road, visits Norfolk for a pair of tilts this weekend before traveling to Hershey on Sunday.