Eastern Conference notebook

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The River Rats dropped a pair of games last weekend and are now winless in four straight overall (0-3-0-1) since their only victory of the season, a 5-4 triumph over Worcester in Glens Falls on Oct. 17… Albany dropped a 3-0 home-ice decision to Philadelphia on Saturday and will not face the Phantoms at the Times Union Center again until Mar. 14… Mark Flood posted a goal and an assist on Oct. 22 against Binghamton to become the first Albany defenseman to have a multiple-point game this season… Dwight Helminen became the first River Rat to earn an NHL recall to Carolina on Monday.
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After opening the season 4-1-1-1 in a stretch that included only one home game, the Senators will open a four-game homestand with a pair of tilts against division-rival Bridgeport this weekend… Overall, Binghamton will play four of its next six games against the Sound Tigers… Goaltender Brian Elliott is 3-1-1 with a 2.10 GAA thus far for the Sens and earned a brief NHL recall to Ottawa earlier this week… Winger Ryan Shannon extended his scoring streak to four games (2-3-5) with an assist at Hershey on Saturday… Defenseman Brendan Bell is also sporting a four-game scoring run (2-2-4).
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Rookie goaltender Peter Mannino earned his first professional shutout on Saturday, making 33 saves in a 2-0 win at Worcester… Mannino is 2-0-1 with a league-leading 0.65 GAA and .980 save percentage to begin his pro career… That game marked forward Mike Iggulden’s first return trip to Worcester, where he led the Sharks with 29 goals and 66 points last season… Tim Jackman netted a goal in both of Bridgeport’s games last weekend… Sean Bentivoglio has scored in two of his last three outings (2-1-3)… The Sound Tigers wrap up a four-game road swing with a pair of games in Binghamton this weekend before opening a four-game home stretch against Albany on Sunday.
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Hartford is currently riding a three-game winning streak, which has lifted them over the .500 mark overall at 4-3-0-1… All three victories have come at home, and the Wolf Pack still have four contests remaining on a season-high seven-game homestand… Second-year goaltender Miika Wiikman was named the game’s first star for all three wins and now shows a 2.08 GAA for the campaign (4-2-1)… Rookie defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, a first-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2006, netted the game-winner for his first professional goal in Hartford’s 2-1 victory over Manchester on Saturday.
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After averaging 5.50 goals per game through their first eight outings, Hershey was stymied by Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis in a 6-0 loss on Wednesday… That snapped a season-opening eight-game scoring streak for Keith Aucoin, who still leads the league with his 17 points (5-12-17)… Alexandre Giroux’s five-game goal-scoring run (6-1-7) also came to an end… Rookie winger Oskar Osala tallied three goals in two games last weekend, both victories by the Bears… Tyler Sloan, a member of the Bears the past two seasons, netted his first career NHL goal on Saturday in Washington’s 6-5 overtime win at Dallas.
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Lowell’s 4-3 shootout win at Manchester on Wednesday kept the Devils unbeaten in regulation on the road on the young season at 3-0-0-1… The Devils are just 1-2-0-0 at Tsongas Arena thus far… Rookie forward Matt Halischuk, who already has five goals and eight points to his name in a Lowell uniform, was recalled by the NHL Devils on Tuesday along with Nicklas Bergfors, who also has eight points (2-6-8) out of the gate for Lowell… Newcomer Pascal Rheaume, a former Calder Cup and Stanley Cup champion, chipped in a three-point effort (1-2-3) in the Devils’ 4-2 victory at Springfield on Saturday.
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Manchester is 2-0-0-1 so far this season when it scores the game’s first goal and 0-4-0-0 when they allow it… David Meckler netted a pair of goals in the Monarchs’ 4-3 shootout loss to Lowell on Wednesday… Trevor Lewis chipped in a pair of assists in that game and now has a point in each of his last three contests (1-3-4)… After finding the scoresheet in Manchester’s first five games (2-5-7), third-year forward Gabe Gauthier has been held without a point in his last two outings… The Monarchs led the AHL with a 23.8 percent conversion rate on the power play last season, but they are clicking just 8.7 percent of the time out of the gate this year, good for 26th in the league.
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Norfolk went 1-3-0-1 on a five-game road swing through the Western Conference and then returned home on Wednesday to drop a 5-4 overtime decision to division-rival Philadelphia… The Admirals’ lone win thus far on the season came on Oct. 17 at Lake Erie, a 4-2 final… Paul Szczechura netted a pair of goals in Wednesday’s loss to the Phantoms, his second multiple-goal game of the year… Szczechura currently leads the Admirals in both goals (5) and points (10) in the early going… Juraj Simek scored for a second straight outing on Wednesday… Radek Smolenak has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven contests (4-4-8).
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Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe, who posted a 31-save shutout at Albany on Sunday, has allowed just one goal in his last 296:33 of action against the River Rats dating back to last spring’s first-round playoff series… His scoreless streak at the Times Union Center in Albany stands at 165:44… Three members of the Phantoms have made their NHL debut with the Flyers since the start of the season – Jared Ross (Oct. 11), Andreas Nodl (Oct. 22), and Darroll Powe (Oct. 24)… Rookie Patrick Maroon netted his first professional goal in Sunday’s victory at Albany… The Phantoms, 2-2-0-0 thus far on a five-game road swing, conclude the stretch with a match-up against arch-rival Hershey on Saturday before hosting the Bears on Sunday afternoon.
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Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Hartford extended the Pirates’ points streak to three games (2-0-1-0), and Portland is now 4-1-1-0 on the season, good for a three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic Division… Nathan Gerbe scored in that game and now has a goal in each of his last three contests (4-0-4) and four of his last five (6-0-6)… Gerbe’s six goals and eight points on the season are good for a share of first among league rookies in both categories… Fellow rookie Tim Kennedy now has a point in all six games this season (1-7-8), also earning him a share of the league rookie scoring lead… The Pirates travel south for a pair of games in Norfolk this weekend.
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Providence kicked off a three-game West Division road swing with a 6-0 shutout loss at defending Calder Cup champion Chicago on Wednesday, marking the Bruins first regulation defeat of the season (5-1-1-0)… The P-Bruins now head to Texas for games in Houston on Friday and San Antonio on Saturday… Defenseman Johnny Boychuk saw his season-opening six-game scoring streak (2-9-11) come to an end in the loss to the Wolves, as did forward Martins Karsums (3-5-8)… Providence is a perfect 4-0-0-0 this season when it scores the game’s first goal.
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Second-year forward Liam Reddox scored in each of the Falcons’ two games last weekend, giving him five points (2-3-5) in seven games this season… Reddox led all Springfield rookies in scoring last season with 44 points in 65 contests… Ryan Potulny registered his second two-goal game of the season when he scored a pair in the Falcons’ 3-2 win over Albany on Friday, and he leads the team with five goals thus far (5-0-5)… Rob Schremp has collected an assist in four of his first five games with the Falcons this season (0-5-5)… Springfield plays a home-and-home with Lowell this weekend, ending a stretch of three straight games against the Devils.
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The Penguins are 2-2-0-0 thus far on their seven-game road swing, which will continue with visits to San Antonio and Houston this weekend… Goaltender John Curry, a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last season, took the loss in his second appearance of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday at Portland, finishing with 17 saves on 21 shots… Curry received a no-decision on Oct. 19 at Hershey, his season debut… Chris Minard had three points (1-2-3) in Saturday’s loss to the Pirates and now shows a point in all seven games thus far (7-6-13)… Janne Pesonen’s six-game scoring streak (2-7-9) came to an end in that game.
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Worcester managed just one goal last weekend in dropping home games to Providence and Bridgeport, which came on the heels of a 5-4 shootout win over Hartford on Oct. 22… Rookie Steven Zalewski posted a single assist in each of his first four games this season but was held scoreless in the two games last weekend… Cory Larose has tallied three goals in three games played this season, but he has also missed three contests due to injury… The Sharks have allowed four shorthanded goals through six games, tied with San Antonio for most in the league… Worcester visits Hartford on Saturday before returning home to host Manchester on Saturday.