Eastern Conference notebook

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Jakub Petruzalek became the first member of the River Rats to record a multiple-goal game this season when he scored a pair in Albany’s 5-4 win over Worcester in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Friday… That also marked the first career AHL win for goaltender Daniel Manzato and the first head coaching victory for Jeff Daniels… Pat Dwyer has now scored the game-winning goal for Albany in each of its last two visits to Glens Falls, dating back to last season… The River Rats are 1-1-1-0 this season when leading after two periods; last season, they finished 26-3-0-1 in such situations.
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Zack Smith’s two-goal performance in Wednesday’s come-from-behind 4-3 win at Albany gave the rookie a goal in four straight games (5-1-6)… Smith’s five goals currently lead AHL rookies, and his six points are tied with two others for the top spot… Ilya Zubov had two assists and was plus-3 in the win over Albany and now ranks second overall on the B-Sens with five points (2-3-5)… Defenseman Tomas Kudelka shows an assist in three straight contests (0-3-3)… At 4-0-0-1 for the season, Binghamton is the only team in the East Division yet to suffer a regulation loss.
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Bridgeport enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak and is 4-0-0-1 since a 2-1 opening-night loss in Philadelphia… Rookie goaltender Peter Mannino is 2-0-0 to start his pro career and shows a 0.96 GAA and .970 save percentage through two appearances… As a team, the Sound Tigers have allowed two or fewer goals in five of their first six games… 2008 AHL All-Star Mike Iggulden leads Bridgeport with four goals and eight points and has found the scoresheet in five of six contests… Defenseman Brett Skinner brings a three-game scoring streak (0-5-5) into the weekend, which has Bridgeport visiting Atlantic Division foes Portland and Worcester.
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At 1-3-0-1, the Wolf Pack have dropped four of their first five games for the second time in the last three years… In 2006-07, Hartford was 1-4-0-0 after five games and 5-11-1-0 after 17, but recovered to finish second in the division at 47-29-3-1… Matt Zaba made his AHL debut in the Hartford net on Saturday at Toronto; Zaba served as the Pack’s backup eight times last season but never got into a game… After totaling six goals in their first four games, the Wolf Pack scored four times in a 5-4 shootout loss at Worcester on Wednesday… Dane Byers (2-1-3) is the only member of the team with more than one goal on the campaign.
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After a 5-0-0-0 start to the season, Hershey’s first loss came by a 5-4 final at the hands of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday… Keith Aucoin, who leads the league with 14 points (4-10-14) thus far, already shows three three-point games on the campaign… Teammates Alexandre Giroux and Graham Mink are tied for second in the AHL with 10 points apiece… Kyle Wilson, who went scoreless in the Bears’ 8-4 season-opening victory over the Penguins, has an assist in five straight games since (0-6-6)… Hershey’s power play ranks third in the league at 25.6 percent (10-for-39)… The Bears host Binghamton and Rochester this weekend to conclude a four-game homestand.
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After scoring 15 goals through their first four games (average of 3.75 per game), the Devils were shutout, 5-0, by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday despite putting 46 shots on goal… That continued a trend that has seen Lowell (2-2-0-1) alternate losses and wins through its first five games this year… The Devils had scored a power play goal in each of their first four games prior to the loss to the Penguins… The defeat ended Jon DiSalvatore’s four-game scoring streak (1-6-7) to begin the year, which has him atop the team’s scoring list… Rookie Matt Halischuk ranks second with six points, including a team-high four goals, all of which came in one game.
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Third-year center Gabe Gauthier leads the Monarchs with six points (1-5-6) on the season and is the only Manchester player to record a point in all four games to this point… Reigning AHL rookie of the year Teddy Purcell scored his first three goals of the season last weekend to take over the team lead in that category… After netting six goals in a 6-4 win at Lowell on Friday, the Monarchs totaled a pair of goals over the next two days in dropping their first two home games of the season… Overall, Manchester is in a stretch where it plays eight of 10 games at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
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Prior to visiting Hamilton and Lake Erie last weekend, the Admirals had not played a Western Conference team since Dec. 31, 2004, when they dropped a 3-1 decision to Houston at the Scope… The trip also marked Norfolk’s first-ever match-ups with the Monsters and Bulldogs, and the Admirals gained a split of the two games… Brandon Segal scored twice in a 6-3 loss at Hamilton on Saturday and shows a point in all four games thus far (3-3-6)… Paul Szczechura leads the team with seven points (3-4-7) and has registered multiple points in three of Norfolk’s first four outings.
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A year after winning each of their first five games, Philadelphia is out to a 1-4-0-0 start to this season, having dropped four straight since capturing their season opener… The Phantoms went all of last season without losing four consecutive games in regulation… Danny Syvret sits atop the team’s scoring list with five points (1-4-5), while four different players have three points apiece… The Phantoms have received Jared Ross – last season’s team leading scorer with 62 points – and Steve Downie back from the parent Flyers… Philadelphia is in a stretch of playing nine of 10 games on the road… Head coach John Paddock, who led Hartford to the 2000 Calder Cup title, takes his team north to play the Wolf Pack on Friday.
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Portland opened the road portion of its schedule last Saturday with a 3-2 win in Springfield, then dropped a 4-1 decision to Providence back home on Sunday… Rookie Nathan Gerbe, coming off a standout career at Boston College, netted his first two professional goals in the win over the Falcons… Goaltender Adam Dennis made 21 saves in that game and is now 2-0-0 in a Pirates uniform… Fellow netminder Jhonas Enroth made his first career AHL start in Sunday’s game against the Bruins… Rookie Tim Kennedy recorded a pair of assists on the weekend, running his scoring streak to three games (1-4-5) to begin the season… Portland has scored the game’s first goal in all three tilts thus far.
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Martins Karsums (3-4-7) and Reebok/AHL player of the week Johnny Boychuk (2-8-10) each have a point in all five games for Providence this season… Defenseman Matt Lashoff has registered a point in four consecutive games (2-3-5)… The P-Bruins have at least one power play goal in all five games this season and rank first in the league at 30.6 percent overall (11-for-36)… Additionally, the Bruins’ penalty-killing unit has killed 16 straight penalties dating back to Oct. 17 and is 30-for-34 (88.2%) for the campaign… Martin St. Pierre failed to register a point in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Portland, snapping his season-opening scoring streak at four games (3-3-6).
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2008 AHL All-Star Rob Schremp has registered a point in all three games (0-3-3) since joining the Falcons from parent-club Edmonton… Schremp led the Falcons with 53 assists and 76 points in 78 games last season… Captain Tim Sestito scored his first two goals of the season on Sunday in a 4-1 win at Manchester, earning the game’s first star… Defenseman Jake Taylor netted his first goal as a member of the Falcons in a 6-3 loss at Providence on Friday… Springfield opens a three-game homestand on Friday against Albany before hosting Lowell on Saturday.
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Prior to his 46-save shutout effort in Wednesday’s 5-0 win at Lowell, goaltender Adam Berkhoel’s only previous AHL shutout came for Grand Rapids last Feb. 23, a 1-0 win in which he only had to make 18 saves… Jeff Taffe scored twice in the win over Lowell and now has three goals and five points in four games since rejoining Wilkes-Barre from parent-club Pittsburgh… First-year North American pro Janne Pesonen has registered a point in all five of the Penguins’ games thus far (2-6-8)… Chris Minard’s six goals have him in a three-way tie for the most in the AHL.
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After dropping a pair of road games, Worcester has won two straight to begin the home portion of its schedule, with both victories requiring more than 60 minutes… The Sharks took a 3-2 overtime win over Providence on Saturday and rallied for a 5-4 shootout win over Hartford on Wednesday… Cory Larose, who has missed a pair of games to injury, has netted three goals in the two games he’s played for Worcester thus far, including the game-tying marker against his former team on Wednesday… Rookie Jamie McGinn, a second-round draft pick by San Jose in 2006, is currently riding a three-game goal-scoring streak (4-0-4).