Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany has matched a season high by winning three straight games, and all three have been one-goal decisions… Michael Ryan’s two hat tricks this season were separated by 22 days (Dec. 12 at Manchester and Jan. 3 vs. Bridgeport), which is the second-fastest span by one player in River Rats history; Steve Sullivan posted two hat tricks in a 12-day span during the 1995-96 season (Feb. 16 and Feb. 28)… Defenseman Bryan Rodney shows six assists in his last seven games… The River Rats begin a four-game road swing by visiting Worcester and Hershey this weekend.
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All-Star goaltender Brian Elliott earned his second shutout and league-leading 18th win of the season (18-8-1) on Friday by making 21 saves in the B-Sens’ 4-0 win over Houston… Binghamton was the only AHL team to have last Saturday off… The Senators are a combined 10-1-1-1 against the Atlantic, North, and West Divisions but are 7-10-2-2 against their own East Division rivals… Josh Hennessy is now tied for fifth on the Senators’ all-time scoring list with 127 points… The Senators are 19-11-3-3, good for the most wins in franchise history after 36 games.
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Each of Bridgeport’s last four games has been decided by one goal (2-1-1-0), and each of the last three has extended beyond regulation… The Sound Tigers moved to 5-2 in shootouts this season with a 4-3 victory over Houston on Wednesday… Kurtis McLean scored twice in that game, snapping a seven-game goal-scoring drought… 2009 AHL All-Star Mike Iggulden is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5), and Ben Walter has a point in his last six contests (1-6-7)… The Sound Tigers visit Providence on Friday before hosting Hartford on Saturday.
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Hartford took three of a possible four points (1-0-1-0) from its two-game visit to Manitoba this week, which was the teams’ first meeting since the 2002-03 season… The Wolf Pack matched a season high with six goals in Tuesday’s 6-3 triumph over the Moose… Artem Anisimov’s seven-game scoring streak (5-6-11) was snapped in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has registered a point in five of his last six outings (3-7-10), and Mike Ouellette has scored a goal in four of his last five tilts (4-0-4)… Hartford visits Springfield and Bridgeport this weekend.
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Hershey has won three straight games, all on the road, and outscored opponents 16-6 over that span… The Bears finished 4-1-0-0 on their five-game road swing and will now play seven of their next 10 games at the Giant Center… Alexandre Giroux lit the lamp on Wednesday at Norfolk to extend his goal-scoring streak to an AHL season-high eight games (12-6-18), and he also has a point in 12 straight contests (15-12-27)… Giroux’s goal-scoring run is the longest in the AHL since Chicago’s Brett Sterling scored in nine straight games from Dec. 12-29, 2006.
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Lowell is 5-1-0-0 in its last six games since suffering a seven-game winless skid (0-6-0-1) from Dec. 6-21… Jon DiSalvatore has registered seven goals and 10 points in his last 11 games and leads the Devils with 13 goals and 32 points on the season… Nicklas Bergfors has netted a goal in two of his last three games (2-1-3), and Petr Vrana shows a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5)… Sunday’s 4-1 win over Manchester lifted the Devils’ home record above .500 (now 9-7-0-2) for the first time since capturing their home opener on Oct. 11.
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Manchester snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-0-1) with a 3-2 overtime victory over Providence on Wednesday… Trevor Lewis scored the game-winner, moving him into a tie for the team lead in goals (9) with Teddy Purcell, who is currently on NHL recall… Lewis is pacing the Monarchs with 25 points (9-16-25) in 33 games… That win over the Bruins moved Manchester into a tie with Worcester for fourth place in the Atlantic Division… The Monarchs hit the road this weekend for a pair of games in Norfolk.
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Norfolk is 1-3-0-0 in its last four games since winning four in a row from Dec. 17-27… In Friday’s 5-1 loss at Worcester, the Admirals surrendered multiple power play goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 6 at Bridgeport… Steve Downie’s eight-game scoring run (5-10-15) ended in Norfolk’s 2-1 loss at Portland on Dec. 31… After going without a goal in his first 112 professional games, Mike Lundin scored on both Friday and Saturday last weekend… Goaltender Riku Helenius made his AHL debut in relief on Friday at Worcester.
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The Phantoms are on a seven-game winless skid (0-5-1-1) since posting a seven-game winning streak from Dec. 5-19… Patrick Maroon had the two fastest goals by a single Phantoms player when he scored 36 seconds apart late in a 6-4 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 30… In that same game, the Penguins put up 49 shots on goal, marking the second straight contest in which the Phantoms’ season high for shots against had been eclipsed… Philadelphia wraps up its five-game North Division road swing by visiting Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday, and Lake Erie on Sunday.
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Portland has alternated wins and regulation losses over its last seven games since capturing consecutive wins from Dec. 20-21… Marek Zagrapan registered his first multiple-goal game since Oct. 25 on Wednesday at Lowell and now has a point in eight of his last nine outings (5-5-10)… AHL All-Star Nathan Gerbe shows three points (1-2-3) in three games since returning from an NHL stint with Buffalo… Colton Fretter has registered an assist in three of his last four games (0-3-3)… The Pirates play three home games in three nights this weekend, welcoming Lowell once and Springfield twice.
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Providence’s 3-2 overtime loss in Manchester on Wednesday dropped the Bruins to 0-1-1-1 this season at the Verizon Wireless Arena… It also snapped the Bruins’ three-game winning streak, which matched a season high… Rookie Brad Marchand (2-6-8) and AHL All-Star Martins Karsums (3-4-7) are both riding four-game scoring streaks, while All-Star defenseman Johnny Boychuk has a point in three straight (2-2-4)… Wacey Rabbit shows a point in three of four (2-1-3)… The Bruins, who have won four straight home games, host Bridgeport and Lowell this weekend.
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Springfield is 2-10-2-0 in its last 14 outings and has not scored more than three goals in a game since a 4-3 overtime win at Hartford on Dec. 13… Bryan Lerg ended a shootout in the ninth round on Friday against Manchester, giving the Falcons a 3-2 triumph… AHL All-Star Ryan Potulny is on a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and has a point in five of his last six contests (2-4-6)… Goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers went 1-2-0 (2.63, .912) in his first three AHL appearances of the season last weekend… The Falcons host Hartford on Friday before traveling to Portland for a pair of games.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has lost two of three (1-2-0-0) since posting a five-game winning streak from Dec. 20-30… Each of the Penguins’ last three losses has been by one goal… The Pens have totaled six goals in their last three games after scoring six in each of their previous two outings… Rookie Luca Caputi has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven contests (3-4-7)… Mark Letestu’s five-game scoring streak (2-6-8) ended in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 2-1 loss to Syracuse on Wednesday… The Pens travel to Binghamton on Friday and then host Syracuse and Hershey to close the weekend.
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Sunday’s 7-2 loss to Hershey marked the third time this season that Worcester allowed seven or more goals in a game… The Sharks are currently 3-2-0-0 on their franchise-high seven-game homestand, which wraps up this weekend with tilts against Albany and Lowell… Riley Armstrong tallied his first career hat trick on Friday against Norfolk and then netted the game-winner in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over Lowell… AHL All-Star Ryan Vesce is riding a five-game scoring streak (4-4-8), and Lukas Kaspar shows a three-game run (2-2-4).