Eastern Conference notebook

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Third-year goaltender Justin Peters earned his first career NHL recall to Carolina on Tuesday after Hurricanes starter Cam Ward suffered an injury… Albany’s six-goal showing in a 6-3 win over Syracuse on Saturday was its largest single-game total and largest winning margin of the season… After going 1-for-23 (4.3%) on the power play in their previous four outings, the River Rats went 4-for-11 (36.4%) in three games last week… Jakub Petruzalek (3-1-4) and Michael Ryan (2-3-5) are each riding four-game scoring streaks for the River Rats; Petruzalek had a goal in three straight games prior to going without one in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win over Norfolk.
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Winners of two in a row, the Senators will go for their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 7-11 when they host division-rival Bridgeport on Friday… All told, eight of Binghamton’s 12 games in December will be played against fellow East Division teams… Captain Denis Hamel is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4) and has netted 160 goals as a member of the Senators; He is four points shy of 300 in his Senators career… Josh Hennessy shows a point in five of his last six contests (4-4-8), and Ilya Zubov has four points (1-3-4) over his last two outings… Binghamton is 9-0-1-1 when it scores the game’s first goal.
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With Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime defeat to Hartford, the Sound Tigers are winless in two straight games (0-1-1-0) for the first time all season… Mike Iggulden scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season in the loss… Iggulden also leads Bridgeport with 23 points, and Kurtis McLean ranks second with 22 points (6-16-22)… McLean snapped a season-high four-game scoreless skid with a pair of assists on Wednesday… Ben Walter’s six-game scoring streak (4-5-9) came to an end on Wednesday… The Sound Tigers travel to Binghamton and Lowell this weekend, with a Saturday home game against Norfolk wedged in between.
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Hartford’s 4-3 overtime win at Bridgeport on Wednesday improved the Wolf Pack to 3-1 this season in games that are decided in overtime… Defenseman Michael Sauer picked up his second goal of the season for the game-winner in the extra session… With Sunday’s overtime defeat, the Wolf Pack have won only one of their last six visits to Providence, but have also failed to gain a point only once in those six games (1-1-2-2)… Defenseman Brian Fahey, a 14-goal scorer with Chicago last season, tallied his first goal in a Wolf Pack uniform Sunday in Providence in his 18th game of the campaign; Fahey currently has a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4).
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Hershey has outscored opponents 47-13 during its current nine-game winning streak, including a pair of 9-0 victories and a 7-3 triumph… The Bears host Hartford on Saturday and will be going for their first 10-game winning streak since March 2002… Defenseman Greg Amadio, who had tallied just three goals in 226 career AHL games entering Saturday, scored twice and was named the game’s First Star as the Bears took a 9-0 win over Philadelphia… Amadio’s second marker came shorthanded, the first such goal scored by Hershey this season… AHL November rookie of the month Oskar Osala leads all first-year players and ranks third overall with 16 goals on the season.
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Lowell’s 6-4 win over Springfield on Wednesday improved the Devils to 3-2-0-0 against the Falcons this season and 6-1-0-0 in their last seven games overall… The six goals were the most the team has scored since an identical 6-4 win over Worcester on Oct. 11, Lowell’s home opener… The Devils are 4-0-0-1 at Tsongas Arena since a 4-3 loss to Norfolk on Nov. 11… Chad Wiseman has tallied a goal in five straight games (5-3-8) and has a point in nine of his last 10 contests (6-6-12)… Nicklas Bergfors shows seven points (4-3-7) in six games since being reassigned by parent-club New Jersey… Lowell travels to Providence on Friday before hosting Portland and Bridgeport to finish the weekend.
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Manchester had won five straight road games prior to a 2-1 loss at Hartford on Saturday… The Monarchs’ franchise record for longest road winning streak is six games, set from Nov. 12 to Dec. 3, 2004 and again from Dec. 22, 2007 to Jan. 13, 2008… Manchester shows a 5-0-0-1 record on Fridays this season… After a 2-4-0-1 October, the Monarchs finished up November at 7-4-0-2… Teddy Purcell is pacing the offense with nine goals and 18 points in 20 games thus far… Rookie Justin Azevedo shows eight points (4-4-8) over his first eight professional games… The Monarchs host Worcester on Friday before traveling to Springfield on Saturday.
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Radek Smolenak (8-10-18 in 23 AHL games) and Norfolk leading scorer Paul Szczechura (11-13-24) each earned his first-ever NHL recall to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, and the pair made their NHL debuts that night against Philadelphia… Grant Potulny shows four points (2-2-4) in five games for Norfolk since Tampa Bay acquired him from the Phoenix organization on Nov. 26… Second-year defenseman Vladimir Mihalik, a first-round draft pick (30th overall) in 2005, tallied his first goal of the season in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Albany; Mihalik totaled a goal and 15 assists in 68 games for Norfolk as a rookie in 2007-08.
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Philadelphia’s 9-0 loss at Hershey on Saturday marked the first time in franchise history that the Phantoms allowed nine goals to an opponent… Philadelphia had never allowed more than eight goals in a game (Syracuse in 1997) or lost a game by more than a six-goal margin (last done by Manitoba in 2006)… After playing 15 games in November, including 10 on the road, Philadelphia totals 11 games in the month of December… The Phantoms have already played cross-state rival Hershey seven times this season (2-5-0-0) and will not see the Bears again until Jan. 17… Philadelphia hosts Hartford and Binghamton this weekend before traveling to Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
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Portland snapped a season-high five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) with a 4-0 blanking of Manchester on Sunday… Goaltender Jhonas Enroth picked up his second shutout of the season and improved to 7-2-0 overall (2.52, .914)… After going without a point in three straight games for the first time all season, rookie Nathan Gerbe tallied a goal in the win over the Monarchs, and Colton Fretter posted a season-high three points (2-1-3)… Rookie Tim Kennedy is without a point in his last six outings, as is Mathieu Darche… The Pirates hit the road this weekend, visiting Springfield on Friday, Lowell on Saturday, and Worcester on Sunday.
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Providence’s come-from-behind 5-3 win over Worcester on Friday improved the Bruins to 3-0-1-0 this season against the Sharks… The B’s have matched a season high with three straight wins overall and will host division-rivals Lowell and Springfield this weekend at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, where they have won six in a row since a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 9… Defensemen Matt Lashoff and Johnny Boychuk were recalled by parent-club Boston on Monday; Boychuk paces all AHL blueliners with 23 points (4-19-23) in 22 games… Providence boasts the AHL’s best penalty-killing unit at 89.2 percent.
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Springfield has now dropped five straight games in regulation, which comes on the heels of a nine-game stretch that saw the Falcons go 6-1-1-1… Defenseman Sebastien Bisaillon snapped a 13-game goal drought with a pair of tallies in the Falcons’ 6-4 loss at Lowell on Wednesday… Bisaillon now has three goals (3-4-7) in 17 games this season, matching his total from 21 games with Springfield last season (3-7-10)… Falcons leading scorer Rob Schremp (1-17-18) was recalled by parent-club Edmonton on Tuesday… Ryan Potulny tallied his team-leading 11th goal of the season on Wednesday.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton currently has a point in three straight games (2-0-1-0) since a three-game regulation losing skid… Chris Minard tallied his 17th goal and fifth game-winner – both AHL highs – in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory at Worcester… Connor James netted his league-high fourth shorthanded goal of the season on Friday at Norfolk; Four of James’ eight goals on the year have come shorthanded… Two other Penguins have netted four shorthanded markers in a season – Stephen Dixon in 2006-07 and Billy Tibbetts in 2001-02… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netted four shorthanded goals during the entire 2007-08 campaign.
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Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ended Worcester’s home winning streak at three games and was just its second loss in its last nine games overall (7-2-0-0)… Goaltender Taylor Dakers is 5-0-0 (2.00, .918) to begin the season and has won eight straight AHL games dating back to the final week of last season… Second-year pro Derek Joslin leads all AHL defensemen with 71 shots on goal through 22 games; Overall, the Sharks are firing a league-high 35.55 shots per game on opposing goaltenders… Worcester travels to Manchester on Friday, has Saturday off, and hosts Portland on Sunday.