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Eastern Conference notebook

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Second-year pro Jakub Petruzalek scored a shootout goal on Jan. 25 and the overtime game-winner on Jan. 26, leading Albany to a two-game road sweep of Norfolk… Petruzalek has a point in four of his last five games (3-4-7)… The River Rats and Admirals have needed at least overtime in four of their five meetings thus far, and Albany has posted a 4-0-0-1 record in the season series… Brandon Nolan has found the scoresheet in 12 of his last 13 AHL games (10-8-18).
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After successfully hosting last weekend’s 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok, the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena will welcome the hometown Senators back to the ice for games this weekend against Norfolk and Philadelphia… The B-Sens have scored a league-high 15 shorthanded goals this season, and Justin Mapletoft is the AHL’s individual leader with seven… Captain Denis Hamel has a point in four straight games (4-3-7), including a goal in three of the four.
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Jeff Tambellini leads the AHL with 26 goals (26-27-53) in 41 games, and he has lit the lamp 20 times in his last 22 contests… Tambellini scored the tying goal for the Canadian squad in Monday’s AHL All-Star Game… Bridgeport won three straight games prior to the All-Star break, including a pair against division-leading Philadelphia… Goaltender Joey MacDonald has allowed just two goals over his last two starts, denying 59 of 61 shots (.967) in that span.
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After sweeping three games last week, the Wolf Pack are unbeaten in regulation in their last five games (3-0-2-0) and have at least a standings point in nine of their last 10 outings (7-1-2-0)… Miika Wiikman posted a pair of shutouts last week after his club didn’t blank any opponent through its first 44 games… Brodie Dupont’s goal in the third period of a 3-0 win over Providence on Jan. 26 snapped a 24-game goal drought for the rookie forward.
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Defensemen Josef Boumedienne and Sami Lepisto each posted a plus-4 rating in Hershey’s 5-3 win over Binghamton on Jan. 26… Boumedienne notched his second goal of the season in the contest, and Lepisto contributed a pair of assists… The goal extended Boumedienne’s scoring streak to six games (1-7-8), while Lepisto has a four-game streak (1-4-5)… The Bears drew 10,742 fans for the game against the Senators, marking their third sellout of the season.
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Frank Doyle notched 30-plus save games in both of his starts last week, and he has now reached that total 14 times on the season… Despite Doyle’s efforts, the Devils dropped both games, extending their overall winless skid to eight games (0-6-1-1)… Lowell is 1-8-1-2 since posting a season-high four-game winning streak from Dec. 22-30… The Devils are 11-1-2-3 on the campaign when they score three or more goals, something they have done just once during their current winless streak… Lowell has been blanked in each of its last two games.
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Manchester rookie goaltender Daniel Taylor has posted three straight shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 185:36 worth of hockey… The AHL’s all-time longest shutout streak is 249:51, set by Johnny Bower in 1957… Taylor is 5-0-0 with a 0.87 GAA and .972 save percentage in five January starts… Teddy Purcell, who leads all AHL rookies with 54 points (15-39-54), became the second consecutive rookie to be named MVP of the AHL All-Star Game, following Chicago’s Brett Sterling… The 22-year-old Purcell netted a hat trick and notched the decisive shootout goal for the Canadian squad.
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Norfolk has gained a standings point in four straight games (2-0-1-1), its longest such streak since winning four in a row from Nov. 18-24… The Admirals will play their next six games against either Binghamton or Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Following that stretch, Norfolk will play 10 of 11 against non-divisional foes… Norm Milley’s nine-game scoring streak (4-5-9) ended on Jan. 26 against Albany… Radek Smolenak has a point in five straight games (2-4-6), including his first two career AHL goals.
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Philadelphia entered the All-Star break just 2-4-0-2 in its last eight games… The Phantoms have alternated home and road games for their last 14 outings, a stretch that will conclude when Worcester visits the Wachovia Spectrum on Friday… Denis Tolpeko returned to the Phantoms last week after spending two months in the NHL with the Flyers… Tolpeko scored twice in a 4-3 win over Hershey on Jan. 25 and added another tally in the shootout… Overall, Tolpeko has 12 points (5-7-12) in 15 games with the Phantoms this season.
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Portland sent forwards Bobby Ryan and Andrew Ebbett, and defenseman Brian Salcido, to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok… The last time the Pirates had three players compete in an All-Star Game was in 2003, when Portland hosted the event… The Pirates are 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games and have overtaken Hartford by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division… Last season, Portland didn’t record its 29th victory until Mar. 16… Jason King has a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and ranks third on the team with 16 goals overall (16-17-33).
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Providence ranks second in the AHL averaging 3.60 goals per game even though the Bruins have only one player (Pascal Pelletier) among the league’s top 20 scorers… Each of the Bruins’ last three losses has been a shutout, all to divisional opponents… Providence is the AHL’s only team yet to lose in regulation after scoring the game’s first goal, posting a 22-0-1-1 record in such contests… After visiting Portland on Saturday, the B’s will play six straight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, where they have won four consecutive games.
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Defenseman Danny Syvret posted a pair of assists in his return to the Falcons’ lineup after missing 14 games due to the Spengler Cup and illness… Ryan O’Marra has collected at least a point in four of his last five games, including three straight (2-1-3) prior to the All-Star break… Springfield’s three power play goals against Worcester on Jan. 26 matched a season high, previously set on two occasions… Out of the Falcons’ 13 games in February, they will leave Massachusetts only twice – for a pair of short rides down to Hartford to square off with the Wolf Pack.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has not scored more than three goals since netting a total of 17 over a three-game span from Dec. 29 – Jan. 2… Rookie goaltender David Brown entered the Penguins’ game at Manchester on Jan. 26 in the second period and earned the victory, stopping all 25 shots sent his way… Jean-Michel Daoust posted a pair of assists in that game, his first multiple-point effort in the AHL… The Penguins will play nine of their next 10 contests against fellow East Division opponents.
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Worcester has won three games when trailing after two periods this season (3-14-1-1), and two of the three came last week at the MassMutual Center in Springfield… The Sharks overcame a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 shootout win over the Falcons on Jan. 21 and rallied for a 5-4 shootout victory on Jan. 26 after trailing 3-2 entering the final 20 minutes… Goaltender Thomas Greiss has stopped 21 of 23 shootout tries this season (91.0%) after going 5-for-5 against Springfield on Jan. 26… The Sharks’ home game against Manchester on Saturday is their only contest at the DCU center in a 12-game span.