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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany’s 3-1 at Manchester on Wednesday was the River Rats’ first-ever win in the Verizon Wireless Arena… The River Rats and Monarchs skated to a tie in their first meeting there on Mar. 1, 2002, and Manchester had rattled off eight straight wins prior to Wednesday… The win also allowed Albany to sweep the teams’ two-game season series… Goaltender John Grahame, a 1999 Calder Cup champion who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, picked up his first AHL win since the 2000-01 season… Jamie Johnson is the only Albany skater to have played in all 40 games thus far.
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Binghamton’s 3-2 overtime loss at Hamilton on Wednesday dropped the Senators to 1-4-1-1 in their last seven games… Scott May and Lawrence Nycholat each have a goal in two straight games… Nycholat has moved into a tie with Niko Dimitrakos and Josh Hennessy for the team lead in scoring with 26 points each… Dimitrakos has 10 points (3-7-10) in his last 11 games… The Sens will play on Sunday for the first time in four weeks when as they travel to Bridgeport this week… Binghamton is 3-0-0-0 on Sundays this season.
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Leading scorer Jeff Tambellini’s seven-game goal-scoring streak (9-4-13) came to an end as part of Bridgeport’s 5-3 loss to Portland on Wednesday… The streak was a Sound Tigers franchise record and the longest in the AHL since Manitoba’s Jason Jaffray also had a seven-game streak from Dec. 28, 2006 – Jan. 12, 2007… Tambellini’s 22 goals on the season (22-21-43) remain second-most in the league.
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Hartford is winless in a season-high three straight games overall and has matched a franchise record with a five-game winless skid at home (0-3-0-2)… Greg Moore and Nigel Dawes – two of the Wolf Pack’s top three scorers – were recalled by the parent New York Rangers on Monday… Dawes has six points (5-1-6) in his last four AHL games and 18 points (8-10-18) in his last 10 outings… In the same transaction, Hartford received second-year pro Ryan Callahan from the Rangers… Callahan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team last season after leading the Wolf Pack with 35 goals and finishing second with 55 points in 60 games.
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Hershey’s 2-1 win over Norfolk on Wednesday was the Bears’ seventh straight in the season series since the Admirals’ won the teams’ first meeting at home on Nov. 7… Dating back to Dec. 14, Hershey has killed off 30 straight shorthanded situations against Norfolk… Chris Bourque has a point in three straight games (2-1-3) and six of his last seven outings (3-4-7)… Goaltender Daren Machesney, a winner of five straight decisions, is now second in the league with a 2.01 goals against average… Machesney is 11-2-1 in 17 appearances this season.
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Lowell has gone 1-3-0-1 since a season-high four-game winning streak came to an end… After going scoreless in his first game with the Devils, rookie forward Joe Rooney has notched a goal in all three games since… Fellow rookie Trevor Kell has begun his AHL career with a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5)… Barry Tallackson has a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and has a point in five of his last six contests (4-3-7)… The Devils are 7-2-0-0 this season when holding opponents to three goals or fewer.
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Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play in a 3-1 home loss to Albany on Wednesday… It snapped a streak in which the Monarchs had notched two power play goals in three straight games… Manchester’s power play unit still leads the AHL overall (28.1%) and at home (31.1%)… The Monarchs were the only AHL team not to allow a shorthanded goal until Worcester’s Nate Raduns scored one on Jan. 4… Manchester rookie Brian Boyle has a four-game goal-scoring streak (4-2-6) and a point in five straight (4-3-7)… Fellow rookie Teddy Purcell’s seven-game scoring streak (1-9-10) was snapped in the loss to Albany.
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Looking to turn around a 1-10-0-1 slide, Norfolk opens a five-game homestand with a pair of tilts against Hartford this weekend… Admirals winger Norm Milley will bring a five-game scoring streak (2-3-5) into the weekend… Milley leads Norfolk’s active roster with 28 points (10-18-28) in 36 games this season and has notched eight of his 10 goals at the Scope… Leading scorer Kyle Wanvig (13-23-36) remains on recall to parent-club Tampa Bay.
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Philadelphia swept a three-games-in-three-nights stretch for the fourth time last weekend with wins over Lowell, Albany, and Bridgeport… After defeating Lowell on Wednesday, the Phantoms will look to match a season-high with their fifth straight win on Friday when they host Lake Erie, who beat them 2-1 in Cleveland on Dec. 1… Jared Ross has a goal in two straight games (2-0-2) and a point in four straight (2-4-6)… Goaltender Brian Boucher has won three straight starts, one shy of his season high.
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Drew Miller picked up his first pro hat trick and added an assist in a 5-3 win at Bridgeport on Wednesday… Miller has a point in all three games (3-3-6) since being reassigned from parent-club Anaheim… Forward Geoff Platt has five goals in his last four games (5-0-5) and hasn’t gone more than three straight games without a goal since joining the Pirates on Nov. 16… Goaltender Mike McKenna recorded his first AHL shutout with 16 saves as the Pirates blanked Lowell on New Year’s Eve, 3-0.
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Providence had won each of its first six shootouts this season before dropping a 4-3 decision at Worcester on Jan. 5… Playing in his second AHL contest, Bruins forward Alexandre Imbeault scored with just 21.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime… Pascal Pelletier is riding an eight-game scoring streak (7-5-12) and sports a league-high 23 goals in 37 games this season (23-22-45)… Vladimir Sobotka (3-3-6) and Martins Karsums (1-3-4) each have a three-game scoring streak… Providence has notched a power play goal in seven straight games (9-for-42).
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Springfield center Marc Pouliot has a point in four straight games (3-3-6) and five of his last six outings (4-4-8)… He recorded his 100th career AHL point with a goal against Portland on Jan. 5… Rookie Colin McDonald scored three goals in four games last week, including his first multiple-goal game on Jan. 2 at Lowell… Jean-Francois Jacques boasts a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and is tied for second on the active Falcons roster with nine goals (9-11-20) in 32 games this season… Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers is tied for the league lead with 16 wins (16-11-3).
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Despite Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 3-1 win over Lake Erie on Wednesday, Tim Brent’s scoring streak came to an end at 10 games (4-15-19)… Chris Minard’s four-game goal-scoring streak (7-1-8) also ended… Rookie goaltender John Curry posted his sixth straight win in that game… Four of the six victories have come against teams from outside of the East Division… The Penguins enter the weekend one point ahead of Hershey for second place in the division and eight points behind Philadelphia for the top spot… They will host the Bears on Friday and the Phantoms on Saturday.
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Worcester has gone 8-3-2-0 in 13 games since dropping to a season-low record of 8-10-1-2 on Dec. 7… Defenseman Brad Staubitz scored his first goal of the season in the Sharks’ 4-3 shootout win over Providence on Jan. 5… Tom Walsh picked up an assist on the goal to extend his scoring streak to four games (0-5-5)… Providence is 16-2-1-1 on the road this season, but the Sharks are responsible for two of the four non-wins… In addition to last weekend’s game, Worcester took a 5-3 win over the Bruins at the DCU Center on Oct. 21.