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  • Albany has scored exactly one goal in each game during its current five-game losing streak.
  • Frank Doyle ranks second in the AHL in minutes played and first in shots faced (1502).
  • Defenseman Krisjanis Redlihs skated for Latvia at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
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  • Kelly Guard’s 46 saves in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday tied Ray Emery’s franchise record.
  • Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Syracuse marked the Senators’ first regulation loss to the Crunch at the Broome County Arena since Feb. 11, 2004.
  • Both of defenseman Lance Ward’s goals this season have come shorthanded.
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  • Chris Thompson’s first goal in 48 career AHL games was the winner in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Norfolk.
  • Bridgeport set a franchise record with five power-play goals in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over Hershey, and went 11-for-29 (37.9%) in four games last week.
  • The Sound Tigers are 12-2-1-2 in their last 17 games at the Arena at Harbor Yard heading into Wednesday’s game against Hartford.
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  • Hartford has earned a point in eight straight games (7-0-0-1), and its current four-game winning streak is a season high.
  • With Al Montoya nursing an injury, Robert Gherson stepped in and stopped 83 of 87 shots (1.33, .954) in three victories last week.
  • Defenseman Thomas Pock has recorded 12 points in his last seven games.
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  • With Sunday’s 3-1 win over Chicago, Hershey improved to 7-1-0-3 against the Western Conference in 2005-06.
  • Frederic Cassivi, the AHL’s leader in wins and minutes played this season, has tied Connie Dion for 13th place on the AHL’s all-time list with 181 career victories.
  • The Bears begin a stretch of seven games in 10 days with a visit to Albany on Friday.
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  • Captain Paul Healey posted consecutive two-goal games in wins over Albany and Springfield last weekend.
  • Defenseman Jeff Finger has 11 points in his last 17 games after being held scoreless in his previous 13 contests.
  • Vitaly Kolesnik made 32 saves in Kazakhstan’s 4-1 loss to the United States and 25 saves in a 2-1 loss to Slovakia at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin.
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  • Brad Smyth moved past former Monarchs head coach Bruce Boudreau and into 13th place on the AHL’s all-time list with his 317th career goal on Friday night.
  • Manchester has amassed the fewest penalty minutes in the league (887).
  • Jeff Tambellini (+18) and Richard Petiot (+17) are the top two rookies in the AHL in plus/minus rating.
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  • Following the deal that sent Ajay Baines to Omaha last week, Quintin Laing became the fourth captain in Admirals history.
  • Sunday’s 6-3 loss in Bridgeport kicked off an 11-game, 18-day road trip through the northeastern U.S.
  • Mark Cullen has recorded 32 points (17g, 15a) in his last 20 games for Norfolk.
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  • Philadelphia took one shot on goal in the second period of Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Manchester, then allowed only one shot in the third period.
  • The Phantoms have earned a point in each of their last eight home games (3-0-1-4), but have won just one of their last six (1-0-1-4).
  • Antero Niittymaki, MVP of the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs for the Phantoms, has helped backstop Finland to a first-place finish in Group A at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, including a 24-save shutout of Canada on Sunday.
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  • Portland’s 34 wins this season already match their highest total since winning 46 games in 1999-2000.
  • The Pirates’ only two regulation losses in their last 10 games (7-2-1-0) have been at home against Hartford.
  • Dieter Kochan has won eight of his last 10 decisions in net for Portland.
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  • Pascal Pelletier, who has 28 points in 31 games since joining Providence, recorded a hat trick in an 8-3 win over league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday evening.
  • Ben Guite picked up a goal and two assists on Sunday, his third three-point game of the season.
  • The Bruins are 18-2-0-1 this season when leading after two periods.
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  • Jason Jaspers earned three assists in Friday’s 5-2 win over Bridgeport, his 300th career AHL game.
  • Springfield had been 0-6 in shootouts before Saturday’s victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, their second win in as many tries this year against the league-leading Penguins.
  • The Falcons have lost 14 of their last 15 road games (1-13-1-0), but have earned a point in six of their last seven home games (4-1-0-2).
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  • With 25 games remaining, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is one win shy of the single-season club record of 39, set last year.
  • Terry Virtue joined the Penguins for four games last week, giving him 853 GP for his AHL career and moving him into 16th place on the league’s all-time list.
  • Dennis Bonvie’s 14 penalty minutes at Providence on Sunday give him 3,969 for his AHL career, more PIM in any professional league than anyone else. Dave “Tiger” Williams compiled 3,966 minutes in penalties over 14 NHL seasons.