Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany’s 5-0 loss at Norfolk on Friday was already its league-leading seventh shutout against of the season, matching its total from the entire 2007-08 campaign… The River Rats are on a three-game losing skid overall and are 2-6-0-0 in their last eight contests… Ryan Weston posted his first career multiple-point game with a goal and an assist on Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Mike Angelidis snapped an eight-game scoring drought with a pair of goals against the Penguins… Albany plays four games in five days this week, beginning at home on Saturday against Rochester.
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Binghamton’s current five-game points streak (4-0-1-0) is its longest since beginning the season with a six-game run (4-0-1-1)… The Senators’ penalty kill is a perfect 29-for-29 over the current points streak but still ranks 27th overall in the league at 80.6 percent… Danny Bois played in his 300th career AHL game – all with Binghamton – on Saturday at Bridgeport… Defenseman Drew Fata scored a career-high two goals in the Sens’ 4-1 win over the Sound Tigers… Goaltender Brian Elliott is tied for the league lead with 14 wins (14-7-1).
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Rookie goaltender Nathan Lawson has stopped all 24 shots he’s faced over two appearances against Lowell this season, including Sunday’s 18-save shutout in Bridgeport’s 4-0 victory… Mike Iggulden, who ranks second in the league with 35 points (15-20-35), is scoreless in two straight games following a seven-game scoring run; Iggulden has yet to go without a point in three consecutive games this season… Trevor Smith has recorded three points in three of his last four outings (5-4-9)… Jeremy Colliton shows a point in four of his last five contests (1-4-5).
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Greg Moore tallied the game-winning goal in both of the Wolf Pack’s victories last week, a shorthanded marker in Wednesday’s 3-2 triumph over Providence and a power play score Sunday in a 4-3 win over Toronto… The Pack tied a franchise record – accomplished 12 times previously – with two shorthanded goals against the Bruins on Wednesday… Saturday’s 6-2 loss to Hamilton was Hartford’s most lopsided defeat of the season, but also its only regulation loss in the last seven games (5-1-0-1) and only home regulation defeat in the last eight (5-1-0-2).
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Although its 11-game overall winning streak recently came to an end, a pair of wins at Giant Center last week extended the Bears’ home winning streak to 10 games; Hershey has not lost at Giant Center since a 5-2 setback to Philadelphia on Nov. 1… The 10-game run at home is one short of Hershey’s franchise record, an 11-game streak attained from Dec. 21, 1963 to Jan. 29, 1964… Goaltender Daren Machesney has departed for Switzerland, where he will represent Team Canada at the 2008 Spengler Cup… Kyle Wilson has scored a goal in three straight games for the Bears (4-1-5).
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Lowell is currently on a five-game losing streak and seven-game winless skid (0-6-0-1), and has not won since a 3-1 triumph at Providence on Dec. 5… The Devils dropped three games to East Division foes, dipping their record to 1-7-1-2 against that division so far on the campaign… Petr Vrana is five points away from his 500th in a Lowell uniform… The Devils’ penalty kill was perfect in eight of nine periods last weekend, not allowing a power play goal until 16:09 of the third on Sunday at Bridgeport… Lowell hosts Providence and Hartford at Tsongas Arena next weekend before traveling to Albany on Tuesday.
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Manchester is currently on a four-game regulation losing skid – tying a franchise high – and has been outscored 12-5 over the four contests… The Monarchs are 6-2-0-1 on Fridays this season but just 2-8-0-0 on Saturdays… Bud Holloway had the Monarchs’ lone goal in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Worcester, snapping a 11-game goal-scoring drought in the process… Goaltender Jonathan Bernier leads the league with four shootout wins on the campaign… The Monarchs travel to Springfield on Friday before hosting Portland and Springfield on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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Norfolk has matched a season high with its current three-game winning streak; the Admirals also won three in a row from Nov. 7-11… Goaltenders Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna have combined to post a 0.97 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage over the three-game run… Norfolk has killed off 25 straight shorthanded situations and 29 of its last 30 overall… Steve Downie is riding a seven-game scoring streak (2-10-12) – the longest for an Admiral this season… Radek Smolenak has a goal in three straight games (4-0-4) since returning from the NHL, and Blair Jones shows an assist in three straight tilts (0-4-4).
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Philadelphia picked up a standings point on Saturday, but its seven-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-2 shootout loss to Norfolk… Nate Raduns, Claude Giroux, and Jeffrey Szwez had two game-winning goals apiece during the winning streak, and Jared Ross tallied the other… The Phantoms (19-11-0-1) fell one win shy of reaching 20 victories by Christmas for what would have been the second straight year and fourth overall… Defenseman Nate Guenin is a plus-10 for the month of December, and nobody on Philadelphia’s roster has a minus rating in the month.
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Portland’s 4-2 win over Providence on Saturday and 3-2 come-from-behind triumph over Worcester on Sunday gave the Pirates consecutive victories for the first time since winning eight in a row from Oct. 31 to Nov. 19… Mathieu Darche tallied his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season on Saturday… Marek Zagrapan netted his third on Sunday, ranking him second on the team behind Darche in that category… Rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth made a season-high 41 saves against the Sharks on Sunday… The Pirates travel to Manchester on Saturday before playing a home-and-home set with Worcester.
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Team leading scorer Martin St. Pierre (10-25-35) was recalled by parent-club Boston after posting eight points (3-5-8) over his last five AHL games… St. Pierre picked up an assist in his first NHL game of the season for Boston on Sunday at St. Louis… Johnny Boychuk is on a four-game scoring run (1-3-4) and leads all AHL defensemen with 29 points (7-22-29) in 31 games… Each of Martins Karsums’ last six goals has been scored on the power play… The Bruins have killed off 16 straight shorthanded situations and boast the league’s second-ranked penalty kill at 87.5 percent for the season.
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Springfield has totaled just two goals (outscored 10-2) in losing three consecutive games… The Falcons are 3-10-1-0 since Nov. 22, when they were 9-4-2-1 on the season… Devan Dubnyk has started all but one of Springfield’s 30 games this season and leads all AHL goaltenders in minutes (1697), saves (796), and losses (16)… Springfield has been outscored 33-22 in the first period this season but holds a 30-27 in the third frame… The Falcons host Manchester on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Manchester on Sunday.
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Defenseman Paul Bissonnette stretched his scoring streak to five games (3-3-6) with an assist in the Penguins’ 4-3 win over Albany on Sunday… Goaltender John Curry recorded an assist on Tommy Goebel’s game-winning goal in that contest for his first career AHL point… Ryan Whitney recorded an assist in a one-game rehab assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, giving the defenseman 50 career points in an AHL Penguins uniform… Chris Minard has tallied a goal in each of his last three AHL games (4-0-4) and has a point in five straight (4-2-6).
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Worcester’s 3-2 loss at Portland on Sunday was just its second setback this season when taking a lead into the third period (12-2-0-0)… Cory Larose (3-1-4) and Ryan Vesce (1-3-4) are each currently riding four-game scoring streaks… Derek Joslin ranks second among AHL defensemen with 92 shots on goal and is tied for fifth with 19 points (6-13-19) in 30 games… Claude Lemieux shows five points (2-3-5) and a plus-3 rating in 12 games for the Sharks since his return to professional hockey… Worcester hosts Providence on Friday and then has Saturday off before a home-and-home with Portland.