Eastern Conference notebook

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Brandon Nolan had an eight-game scoring streak (5-8-13) and a point in 18 of 19 AHL games prior to being held scoreless on both Monday at Philadelphia and Wednesday at Rochester… Nolan is tied for 15th in the league with 48 points (23-25-48) in 47 games… Albany’s 2-1 loss to the Americans marked the River Rats’ first overtime defeat of the season after four victories… Jerome Samson has three goals over his last three games (3-0-3)… Defenseman Joey Mormina made his NHL debut with Carolina on Feb. 14 against Pittsburgh.
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Binghamton’s current four-game winless skid (0-3-1-0) is its longest since suffering a five-game slide from Nov. 7-17… Team captain and two-time AHL All-Star Denis Hamel has a three-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and a point in four of his last five outings (4-2-6)… Hamel has 25 goals for the season (25-16-41), tied for fourth-most in the league… Rookie Alexander Nikulin boasts a four-game scoring streak (2-2-4), one short of his season high… The Senators will begin a five-game road swing this weekend with games against North Division foes Rochester and Toronto.
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The Sound Tigers have outscored opponents 21-7 during their current five-game winning streak, which has propelled them into sole possession of fourth place in the East Division… Bridgeport is 13-5-0-0 since rookie winger Kyle Okposo, the seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft, joined the lineup on Jan. 11… Okposo has found the scoresheet in 12 of his 18 games thus far, totaling 20 points (7-13-20) and a plus-5 rating… Goaltenders Mike Morrison and Joey MacDonald combined to stop 159 of 163 shots (.975) in four victories last week, including three 40-plus save performances and two shutouts.
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Hartford has registered a standings point in 17 of its last 19 games (14-2-2-1) and is 7-0-1-1 in its last nine home games… The Pack last dropped a game at the XL Center in regulation on Jan. 5, a 3-2 decision to Lowell… Dane Byers notched a goal in five straight games (6-1-7) prior to being held without a goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory at Lowell… Byers did pick up an assist on both Wolf Pack goals in that game, though, extending his point-scoring streak to six games… The five-game goal-scoring streak was tied for the second-longest in Hartford’s 11-year history.
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Bears winger Grant Potulny, who played for Binghamton the past three seasons, has tallied seven goals and eight points in six games against his former club this season… Potulny ranks second on Hershey with 19 goals for the season (19-12-31)… Two-time AHL All-Star Joe Motzko has racked up a six-game scoring streak (5-7-12), including multiple-points in five of the six contests… Defenseman Josef Boumedienne’s scoring streak has reached 14 games (1-18-19)… The Bears square off with division-leading Philadelphia for a home-and-home set this weekend.
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Barry Tallackson has notched a goal in four-straight games and six of his last eight (6-2-8) for the Devils, giving him a team-high 19 on the campaign (19-15-34)… Petr Vrana’s five-game scoring streak (1-5-6) came to an end in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Hartford… It marked Vrana’s fourth streak of at least four games this season… Goaltender Dave Caruso made 31 saves for his first AHL victory of the season on Feb. 16 vs. Manchester, a 5-1 Devils win… Lowell is 6-1-0-0 against the Monarchs this season and 9-28-6-4 against the rest of the league.
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Defenseman Troy Milam had tallied just two goals in his last 27 games prior to scoring both markers, including the overtime winner, in a 2-1 victory at Springfield on Monday… Milam now has a point in three of his last four outings (3-2-5)… That victory over the Falcons snapped Manchester’s five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1)… Two-time AHL All-Star defenseman Peter Harrold has an assist in four straight games (0-4-4)… The Monarchs will play eight of their next 11 games at home.
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With an assist in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Bridgeport, rookie Paul Szczechura has a point in four straight games (3-1-4) and in 14 of 15 contests (10-8-18) since joining the Admirals on Jan. 15… Szczechura’s 18 points in that span rank first among AHL first-year players… Blair Jones posted three assists on Feb. 15 against Worcester, his first multiple-point games since another three-assist performance on Nov. 24 vs. Springfield… That game began a stretch in which Norfolk plays 17 of 22 games against Atlantic Division foes… The Admirals are currently on a nine-game road trip, all against teams based in New England.
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Philadelphia has picked up a standings point in six straight games (5-0-1-0), its longest streak since a season-high nine-game run (8-0-1)… The Phantoms have received game-winning goals from four different players during the streak and also took a shootout win over Syracuse… Goaltenders Brian Boucher and Scott Munroe each posted a shutout in the past week, Boucher making 23 saves at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 15 and Munroe turning aside 24 against Albany on Monday.
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Portland is 3-2-0-0 thus far on a six-game road swing, which will conclude this weekend with games at Springfield on Friday and at Worcester on Saturday… The Pirates will home on Sunday to host Norfolk at the Cumberland County Civic Center, where they are 18-7-1-1 on the season… 2008 AHL All-Star Andrew Ebbett has a goal in a season-high three straight games (3-3-6) and leads the Pirates’ offense with 55 points (13-42-55) in 55 games… Geoff Platt remains tied for fourth in the AHL with 25 goals but has lit the lamp just once in his last 10 contests.
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Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win against Lowell improved the P-Bruins to 7-1-0-0 in eight meetings with the Devils this season… The victory also allowed Providence to avoid its first three-game regulation losing streak of the campaign… Pascal Pelletier boasts a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), and Nate Thompson has a point in five of his last six outings (4-3-7)… Pelletier ranks third in the AHL with 27 goals, one off the league lead… The B’s begin a seven-game road swing with a pair of divisional contests this week… Providence is 18-5-1-1 away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.
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Marc Pouliot’s six-game scoring streak (6-3-9) ended in Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Manchester… Patrick Thoresen totaled six points (1-5-6) in six games with the Falcons prior to being recalled and placed on waivers by Edmonton today… Rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk is 3-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA over his last four appearances and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of the four contests… The Falcons have scored just 33 of their 146 goals (22.6%) this season in the first period… Springfield is 1-1-1-0 thus far on a five-game homestand, which concludes this weekend with visits by Portland and Providence.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was blanked in back-to-back games for the second time this season on Feb. 15-16, falling to Philadelphia and Bridgeport… Prior to this year, the last time the Penguins were shutout in consecutive games was Nov. 9-15, 2003, when they were bested by Providence and Portland… 2008 AHL All-Star Alex Goligoski made his NHL debut for Pittsburgh on Feb. 13 against Boston and was returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 15… Goligoski marked the 12th player who stated the year in Wilkes-Barre to have skated at least one shift with the NHL club this season.
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Rookie Devin Setoguchi’s two goals in a 4-2 loss at Norfolk on Feb. 16 marked his first multiple-goal game in the AHL… He posted nine shots on goal in that game, tying a Worcester season high… The Sharks bested their season mark for most shots in a period twice last weekend in Norfolk, firing 20 in the third period on Friday and 24 in Saturday’s opening stanza… Worcester wound up with 50 total shots in Saturday’s contest, also a season high… After going 1-5-0-0 on a six-game road swing, the Sharks will play nine of their next 10 games at the DCU Center.