Eastern Conference notebook

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Quebec natives Stefan Chaput (2-4-6) and Jerome Samson (3-3-6) each saw a four-game scoring streak come to an end in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss at Philadelphia… The River Rats received forwards Michael Ryan, Dwight Helminen, and Pat Dwyer back from the parent Carolina Hurricanes last week… Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win at Lowell was Albany’s first road win of the season and marked the first time in four attempts this year that the River Rats won a game that extended beyond regulation… It also marked the first time this season that Albany held an opponent to under three goals… The River Rats play a home-and-home with in-state rival Syracuse this weekend.
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Binghamton finished 2-3-0-0 in a stretch of playing five games in six days last week… The stretch ended with two straight shutouts against in which the Senators were outscored by a combined margin of 12-0… It marked the first time that the B-Sens were blanked in consecutive games since they went three straight contests without a goal from Nov. 7-10, 2007… Greg Mauldin needs one point to reach 100 for his AHL career… Rookie Zack Smith leads the active roster in both goals (9) and points (14) through 16 games… Binghamton, which led the AHL with 21 shorthanded goals in 2007-08, is still looking for its first one of the current season.
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Bridgeport swept its two-game trip to Texas this week and has extended its current points streak to seven games (6-0-0-1)… The Sound Tigers sit atop the AHL at 13-3-0-2 (28 points)… Bridgeport has won five straight road games since a 4-3 loss at Portland on Oct. 24… Ben Walter has registered a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4), including a goal in his last two outings… Mike Iggulden has netted a goal in four straight games and a point in seven straight (5-4-9), and he is pacing the Sound Tigers with 11 goals on the season (11-9-20)… Bridgeport visits Hershey for the first time this season on Saturday in a battle of the East Division’s top two teams.
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Hartford split a pair of games against North Division opponents last week, falling in Grand Rapids by a 3-2 on Friday before taking a 5-3 win at Lake Erie on Sunday… The Wolf Pack were playing their first-ever game against both the Griffins and Monsters… Hartford began its first four-games-in-five-days stretch of the season on Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to division-leading Portland… The Wolf Pack host Lowell on Friday before traveling to Portland and Providence to close out the weekend… Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti has two goals this season, and both have been game-winners… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau registered his first four-point game (2-2-4) in a Wolf Pack uniform in Sunday’s win at Lake Erie.
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Hershey has outscored opponents 19-5 in its current three-game winning streak, which includes a 7-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday and a 9-0 blanking of Binghamton on Sunday… The Bears have already reached the seven-goal plateau five times this season and are averaging an AHL-high 4.39 goals per game through 18 contests… Keith Aucoin tallied his second five-point game (1-4-5) of the season in Sunday’s win over the Senators, having also accomplished the feat on Oct. 8 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-4-5)… Alexandre Giroux shows six points (2-4-6) over his last two contests… Oskar Osala is tied for the AHL rookie lead with 12 goals and is tied for third with 15 points.
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Lowell will try to snap a seven-game winless skid (0-5-1-1) on Friday when it makes its first visit of the season to Hartford, against which it went 2-5-1-0 last season… The Devils will then host Norfolk and Springfield to close out the weekend… Jon DiSalvatore has amassed five points (2-3-5) in his last three games for the Devils, and Chad Wiseman also has a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3)… Goaltender Jeff Frazee stopped 39 of 41 shots in a losing effort on Saturday against Albany, as Lowell fell in a shootout, 3-2… Overall, Lowell has had three straight games decided by one goal, including two that have required extra time.
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Manchester began its five-game Western Conference road trip with a 4-2 win in Hamilton on Wednesday… The Monarchs will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they visit last-place Rochester on Friday… Reigning AHL rookie of the year Teddy Purcell has netted a goal in three straight games (3-2-5) after going his previous five outings without a point… Gabe Gauthier shows a point in three of his last four outings (1-4-5) and leads the Monarchs with 12 points (3-9-12) overall… Manchester has scored the game’s first goal in six games this season and has registered a point in each one (3-0-0-3).
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Norfolk started 2-0-0-1 on its seven-game New England swing before losing one-goal games in Providence on Sunday and in Worcester on Wednesday… The Admirals wrap up the trip with games in Springfield and Lowell this weekend… Paul Szczechura has registered a goal in four of his last five games (4-1-5) and a point in seven of his last eight outings (4-5-9)… Szczechura leads Norfolk overall with 20 points (9-11-20) and a plus-10 rating in 17 games… Three of captain Zenon Konopka’s five goals have been game-winners, tying him for third in the AHL in that category… Jamie Heward’s two-goal game on Nov. 11 in Lowell was the first such game by a Norfolk defenseman since Dan Jancevski accomplished it on Dec. 1, 2007, at Binghamton.
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Scott Munroe’s 31-save shutout in Philadelphia’s 5-0 win over Albany on Wednesday was his third straight whitewash of the River Rats, dating back to the teams’ first-round playoff series last April… Munroe has allowed just one goal in his last 356:06 of work against Albany (0.17, .994)… Jonathan Matsumoto tallied two goals in Saturday’s 7-3 loss at Hershey, one of which was the Phantoms’ first successful penalty shot attempt since Jared Ross scored on Nov. 21, 2007, at Norfolk… Rookie Claude Giroux is currently riding a five-game scoring streak (4-3-7), while Ross has a point in all six games he has played for the Phantoms this season (5-4-9)… Philadelphia hosts Hershey on Friday before traveling to Binghamton and Bridgeport on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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Portland extended its winning streak to eight and its points streak to 11 (10-0-1-0) on Wednesday with a 4-2 triumph in Hartford… The Pirates’ all-time record for longest winning streak is 10 games, set from Nov. 8-27, 1996… Portland has scored at least four goals in seven of eight games during the current streak… Mathieu Darche has registered a goal in four straight games (6-2-8)… Mark Mancari shows an eight-game scoring streak (7-8-15), Nathan Gerbe has a six-game run (5-6-11), Tim Kennedy a four-game run (2-5-7), and Marek Zagrapan a three-game streak (1-3-4)… The Pirates are averaging 4.07 goals per game overall, which ranks second in the league.
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Since a two-game losing skid from Oct. 29-31, Providence has alternated wins and losses over its last seven contests… The Bruins will begin their third consecutive three-games-in-three-days weekend on Friday against Portland before traveling to Springfield on Saturday and hosting Hartford on Sunday… Martins Karsums has tallied a goal in three straight games (3-2-5), while Vladimir Sobotka (2-4-6) and Martin St. Pierre (0-6-6) also sport three-game points streaks… The P-Bruins have killed 10 straight opponent power play tries over their last three games, and their penalty-killing unit ranks third overall in the league at 21.3 percent, including a 27.1 percent mark on home ice.
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Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Devan Dubnyk posted a 1.29 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage in leading the Falcons to a 2-1-0 record last week… Dubnyk has started all 14 of Springfield’s games thus far, tying him for the league lead in games played with Hamilton’s Marc Denis… Defenseman Rob Bina made his AHL debut on Nov. 11 at Worcester and collected an assist in the Falcons’ 2-0 victory… Carl Corazzini tallied his first goal of the season and added the game-winner in the shootout in Friday’s 2-1 win over Syracuse; Corazzini led Grand Rapids with 24 goals and 60 points last season… Liam Reddox collected his first career NHL goal on Saturday in Edmonton’s 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado.
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Adam Berkhoel collected his third straight shutout when he made 33 saves in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 3-0 win over Syracuse on Wednesday… Berkhoel, who entered the season with one career AHL shutout, now has four overall on the season in nine appearances (6-2-1)… Chris Minard’s season-opening 14-game scoring streak (14-10-24) came to an end in the victory over the Crunch; Minard fell one game shy of the Penguins’ all-time record… Dave Gove now has a goal in two of his last three games (2-0-2) after going without one in his previous six outings… The Penguins play three road games in three days against North Division foes this weekend, as they visit Grand Rapids, Toronto, and Lake Erie.
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Worcester is currently riding its third two-game winning streak of the season, and will go for its first three-game run when it visits Houston on Saturday… The Sharks have already used a league-high four goaltenders this season – Thomas Greiss, Kyle Jones, Gerald Coleman, and Taylor Dakers… Last season, Worcester used only three goaltenders in the entire campaign – Greiss, Dakers, and Dimitri Patzold… Worcester has outshot its opponent in all 15 games thus far and is averaging a league-high 37.20 shots per game… Cory Larose has netted a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) and four of his last five outings (4-1-5).