Eastern Conference notebook

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Pat Dwyer and Nick Dodge scored just 31 seconds apart for the River Rats in a late rally that fell just short on Sunday, a 5-3 loss at Hershey; the two quick goals bettered Albany’s previous season record of 41 seconds between scores, accomplished on Dec. 12 at Manchester… Sunday also marked the 300th professional game for Michael Ryan, who has played 233 career AHL games and 67 in the NHL… Jakub Petruzalek has registered the primary assist on each of Ryan’s last seven goals… Albany’s four-game week includes home tilts against Lowell, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Bridgeport.
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Senators captain Denis Hamel has netted a goal in three of his last four games (4-0-4), and he also sports the game-winning goal in three of Binghamton’s last six victories… The B-Sens are 7-1-1-0 in their last nine games overall and have a three-point lead on Philadelphia for fourth place in the East Division… Binghamton’s 4-1 win at Hershey on Saturday marked the franchise’s 100th road victory since joining the AHL in 2002… Goaltender Brian Elliott leads the AHL in wins (17-7-1) and is tied for third in save percentage (.923).
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Coming off a 5-4 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, Bridgeport travels to Philadelphia on Friday looking to avoid suffering back-to-back regulation losses for the first time all season… The Sound Tigers will then head north to Albany on Saturday to close their three-game road swing… Leading scorer Mike Iggulden (15-21-36) has registered just one point, an assist, in his last four games… Trevor Smith has scored two goals in two of his last three games (4-1-5)… Defenseman Brett Skinner collected his first goal of the season in Saturday’s loss to the Penguins.
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After scoring Hartford’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss at Bridgeport on Friday, second-year pro Artem Anisimov notched the first overtime tally of his AHL career to give the Wolf Pack a 4-3 win at Springfield on Saturday… Hartford outshot its opponents by a combined margin of 106-62 in three games on the week… The Wolf Pack registered their second two-shorthanded goal game of the season – and 14th in franchise history – on Sunday at Lowell, but suffered a 5-4 loss… Hartford hosts Grand Rapids for the first time ever on Friday before welcoming Hershey on Saturday.
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Hershey’s 10-game home winning streak ended with a 4-1 loss to Binghamton on Saturday… The 10-game run at home fell one short of Hershey’s franchise record, an 11-game streak attained from Dec. 21, 1963 to Jan. 29, 1964… Goaltender Michal Neuvirth made his AHL debut last weekend, starting two games and earning his first win with 24 saves on Sunday, a 5-3 decision over Albany… After playing just two games against the Atlantic Division thus far, the Bears begin a four-game road trip through the division on Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.
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After suffering a 4-0 shutout in their previous game on Dec. 21, Lowell came back on Saturday to score a franchise-record eight goals in an 8-1 win over Providence, then tallied five more in Sunday’s 5-4 triumph over Hartford… The victory over the Bruins snapped Lowell’s season-high seven-game winless slide (0-6-0-1)… The Devils’ power play has had a 41.2 percent success rate (7-for-17) in its last three home games, including a season-high four power play goals against Providence on Saturday… Chad Wiseman notched four points (2-2-4) for Lowell in that victory.
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Manchester’s current three-game winning streak is its longest since capturing five in a row – all on the road – from Nov. 19-28… Rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been in net for all three victories and shows a 1.67 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage over that span… Brian Boyle has registered four points (2-2-4) over his last two games, and Scott Parse has a goal in two of his last three outings (2-0-2)… The Monarchs have scored five of their seven shorthanded goals this season on the road.
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Norfolk is on a season-high four-game winning streak and has five wins in its last six games (5-1-0-0)… The Admirals have allowed two or fewer goals in each of their last five wins… With his hat trick on Saturday against Philadelphia, Steve Downie extended his scoring streak to a Norfolk season-high eight games (5-10-15)… In six games with the Admirals since being reassigned by parent-club Tampa Bay on Dec. 12, Downie has five goals and eight assists for 13 points… The hat trick was Norfolk’s first since Brandon Bochenski netted two in a row against Hershey on Dec. 30, 2006 and Jan. 3, 2007.
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Tuesday’s 6-4 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dropped the Phantoms to 0-3-0-1 in their last four games, the team’s longest winless skid since losing five in a row outright from Oct. 11-24… The current dry spell comes on the heels of a season-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 5-19… Jonathan Matsumoto’s power play goal on Saturday at Norfolk snapped Philadelphia’s 0-for-25 slide on the man advantage that dated back to Dec. 14… The Phantoms begin their longest road trip of the season this week, a five-game North Division jaunt to Toronto, Hamilton, Grand Rapids (twice), and Lake Erie.
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Sunday’s 7-1 victory over Worcester extended Portland’s home winning streak to five games dating back to Nov. 30, and the Pirates have totaled 22 goals over those five contests… The seven goals on Sunday marked a season high for Portland… An ex-Shark, Mathieu Darche shows five points (2-3-5) in five games against his former team this season… Both Trent Campbell and Chase Trull scored their first career AHL goals for the Pirates in the win over Worcester… Rookie Tim Kennedy made his NHL debut for Buffalo on Saturday against the N.Y. Islanders.
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Providence enters the new week coming off an 8-1 loss in Lowell on Saturday, which was the most goals allowed by a Bruins team since an 8-7 shootout loss, also at Lowell, on Jan. 9, 2005… Wacey Rabbit has registered a point in three straight games (2-2-4) for the B’s, while Peter Schaefer shows nine points (3-6-9) in his last eight contests… Goaltender Tuukka Rask made a season-high 46 saves in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Worcester… The Bruins visit Manchester on Wednesday, host Hershey on Friday, travel to Springfield on Saturday, and host Houston on Sunday.
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Springfield entered Wednesday afternoon’s game against Hershey winless in six straight outings (0-5-1-0) since a 4-3 shootout win over Hartford on Dec. 13… The Falcons have won only one game in regulation since Nov. 22, that being a 3-2 triumph over Manchester on Dec. 6… Gilbert Brule is riding a three-game scoring streak (3-1-4) and ranks third on the Falcons with 16 points (11-5-16) in 19 games… Ryan O’Marra scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against Hartford, tying the score and sending the contest to overtime.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s current season-high five-game winning streak is its longest since capturing nine in a row from March 2-19, 2008… The Penguins have scored at least four goals in all five games of their current run, and show six tallies in each of their last two outings… Chris Minard set a new AHL season high on Tuesday by netting a goal in his seventh straight game (10-1-11); Minard’s streak is also a Penguins franchise record… Defenseman Ben Lovejoy has a point in three of his last four games (2-3-5), and Bill Thomas has recorded a goal and an assist in two straight.
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Ryan Vesce snapped a three-game goal-scoring drought with a pair of scores in Worcester’s 3-2 win over Portland on Monday… Vesce has not gone more than three straight games without lighting the lamp since ending a 15-game dry spell on Nov. 28… Lukas Kaspar posted his second three-point effort (1-2-3) of the season in the win over the Pirates… Cory Larose is currently riding a five-game scoring run (3-4-7)… Worcester continues to lead the AHL in both average shots per game (35.85) and fewest average shots allowed (24.91).