Eastern Conference notebook

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Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Syracuse dropped the River Rats to 1-6-2-1 since a 5-4 win over Worcester on Oct. 17… Albany had killed off 28 straight shorthanded situations prior to allowing a power play goal at 15:44 of the third period on Saturday against Providence… Rookie Stefan Chaput tallied his first professional goal in that contest and added an assist for a multiple-point night… The Bruins put 59 shots on Rats goaltender Justin Peters on Saturday, the most shots faced by a goaltender in the AHL this season… Jakub Petruzalek (4-4-8) and Mark Flood (2-6-8) are tied for the team scoring lead with eight points apiece… The River Rats travel to face Atlantic Division foes Portland and Lowell this weekend.
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The Senators saw their season-high three-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday, a 6-2 loss to Bridgeport in St. John’s, N.L… Binghamton is currently in a stretch in which it plays five games in six days; the Sens host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday before traveling to face the Penguins on Saturday and moving on to Hershey on Sunday… Defenseman Brendan Bell skated in his 300th career AHL game on Tuesday against Bridgeport and marked the occasion with two points in regulation (1-1-2) and the winning shootout marker in a 4-3 victory… Bell is now riding a 10-game scoring streak (5-7-12)… Rookie Zack Smith shows a six-game scoring run (4-3-7).
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Bridgeport’s 6-2 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday moved the Sound Tigers to 4-0-0-1 in their last five games and gave them a league-high 24 points overall (11-3-0-2)… It marked the second time in the teams’ last three meetings that Bridgeport put up six goals against the Senators… Kurtis McLean posted a game-high three points (1-2-3) and has now found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight outings (4-8-12)… Mike Iggulden is riding a five-game scoring streak (3-3-6), and defenseman Chris Lee has a point in his last three contests (0-5-5)… Bridgeport is outscoring opponents by a combined margin of 43-23 in the first two periods… The Sound Tigers travel to Texas for a pair of games this week.
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Hartford finished its seven-game homestand – the longest in franchise history – at 5-2-0-0 after splitting games with Worcester and Springfield last weekend… The Wolf Pack now begin a stretch of playing nine of their next 12 on the road, including their first-ever match-ups with Grand Rapids and Lake Erie this weekend… Greg Moore contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Springfield and has goals in two of his last three games (2-1-3) after going the first nine games of the season without a goal… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has a point in four straight games (2-3-5) and in seven of his last eight outings (5-5-10).
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Hershey was in first place in the East Division for 32 consecutive days prior to Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Bridgeport, which dropped the Bears into second… The Bears have scored a league-high 60 goals, but none of them have come shorthanded; Hershey has allowed three shorthanded tallies to opponents… Goaltender Simeon Varlamov – a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2006 – earned his first career AHL shutout when he made 19 saves in a 3-0 win at Albany on Friday… Rookie forward Oskar Osala is currently scoreless in two straight games for the first time this season… Hershey plays eight of its next 10 games at the Giant Center.
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Lowell is currently in an 0-5-1-0 skid since starting the season at 4-2-0-1, and the Devils have lost five straight home games in regulation since a 6-4 victory over Worcester in their opener at Tsongas Arena on Oct. 11… Tyler Eckford’s eight points (1-7-8) thus far are good for a spot in the top 10 of all AHL rookie defensemen… Jon DiSalvatore has registered four points (1-3-4) in his last two games after failing to find the scoresheet in each of his previous seven contests… Lowell has been outscored 17-8 in the first period this season… The Devils host Albany on Saturday, their lone game of the weekend.
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Manchester is currently on a five-game losing skid, including three shootout losses… The Monarchs are 0-3 in shootouts this season and have allowed seven goals on 14 opposition attempts… Manchester has scored the game’s first goal five times this season and has earned at least one point in all five games (2-0-0-3)… Gabe Gauthier continues to lead the Monarchs with nine points (2-7-9) but has recorded just two points in his last five games… Vladimir Dravecky’s three-game assist streak (0-4-4) came to an end in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago… The Monarchs host Norfolk for a pair of games this weekend.
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Norfolk has followed up a seven-game losing streak (0-5-1-1) with a three-game winning streak to date, its longest such streak since winning four in a row from Feb. 1-8, 2008… The Admirals’ 45 shots on goal against Rockford on Friday were their most since firing 50 shots against Bridgeport on Mar. 17, 2007, a 6-3 victory… Steve Downie, acquired by parent-club Tampa Bay on Friday, posted two assists for his first points as an Admiral in Tuesday’s 4-3 win at Lowell… Paul Szczechura is currently riding a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5) and has a point in six of his last seven outings (3-6-9).
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Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe went 2-0-0 last week and posted a 1.00 GAA and .976 save percentage, including a 46-save shutout of Providence on Sunday in a 2-0 victory… Philadelphia has now won six of its last seven games after dropping five of its first six on the season… Defenseman Danny Syvret has 15 points (3-12-15) on the season, just five short of his career high for points in an entire season, which was 20 in both 2005-06 (Hamilton) and 2006-07 (Grand Rapids)… The 2-0 win in Providence snapped a streak of six consecutive games in which the Phantoms had scored at power play goal… Philadelphia plays a home-and-home with Hershey this weekend.
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Portland has won five straight games and is 7-0-1-0 in its last nine contests… Portland won five straight games on one occasion last season, from Mar. 2-12… The Pirates have not trailed in a game in exactly 305 minutes of play, dating back to a 3-2 overtime loss at Hartford on Oct. 29… The team’s 9-1-1-0 start is its best in franchise history through 11 games since the 1994-95 team began that year at 8-0-3 for an identical 19 points… Reebok/AHL player of the week Mark Mancari leads all AHL scorers with 22 points (9-13-22) in 11 games and also shows a league-high plus-14 rating… Tim Kennedy (4-13-17) and Nathan Gerbe (10-5-15) continue to be the AHL’s two top-scoring rookies.
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Providence is in a 2-4-0-0 slide since starting the season at 5-0-1-0… The Bruins suffered their fourth regulation loss in their 12th game of the season Sunday, a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia… Last season, Providence did not drop its fourth game in regulation until Dec. 8, a 5-4 loss to Portland in its 25th game of the campaign… The Bruins are 30 for their last 32 on the penalty kill (93.8 percent) and are tied for fourth overall in that category at 89.7 percent… Vladimir Sobotka has scored a goal in three of the five games he has played for Providence this season… Providence hosts Worcester and Norfolk this season, with a trip to Portland in between on Saturday.
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Goaltender Devan Dubnyk picked up his first career AHL shutout when he made 46 saves in Springfield’s 2-0 win at Worcester on Tuesday… It marked the Falcons’ first whitewash as a team since Dec. 9, 2006, a 3-0 victory also at Worcester… Dubnyk has started all 12 of Springfield’s games this season and is out to a 6-5-1 start (2.53, .918)… Derek Bekar tallied his third goal of the season for the game-winner in the victory over the Sharks on Tuesday… Rob Schremp’s four-game assist streak (0-5-5) came to an end in that contest… Gilbert Brule shows three goals (3-0-3) over his last two games… The Falcons host Syracuse on Friday before two more meetings with Worcester to close the weekend.
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Chris Minard carries a season-opening 11-game scoring streak (13-7-20) into this week’s action… The longest Penguins scoring streak last season was 10 games, set by Tim Brent from Dec. 15 to Jan. 4 (4-15-19)… Minard’s 13 goals are tops in the AHL, and his 20 points rank second… Goaltender Adam Berkhoel finished 2-0-0 against Lowell this season and stopped all 72 shots that he faced… Jeff Taffe has registered multiple points in seven of his last eight contests (8-7-15)… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play is clicking at 25.8 percent (8-for-31) at home but only 5.9 percent (2-for-34) on the road… The Penguins play a home-and-home with Binghamton this weekend before hosting Syracuse on Sunday.
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Worcester has outshot the opposition by a 98-36 margin over the last two games but has been outscored 7-4 in losing both tilts… Overall, the Sharks are averaging 38.00 shots per game, by far the most in the league, and are allowing a league-low 22.08 shots per game… Goaltender Gerald Coleman made his Sharks debut in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Springfield and stopped 14 of 15 shots sent his way… Riley Armstrong had a season-high two goals and three points in Saturday’s 4-3 loss at Binghamton… The Sharks travel to Providence on Friday before playing a home-and-home with Springfield on Saturday and Sunday.