Eastern Conference notebook

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Goaltender Michael Leighton’s franchise-record shutout streak ended at 165:37 when he allowed a first-period goal in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Toronto… Brandon Nolan has points in three of his last four games (2-1-3)… The River Rats host Hershey and Lowell this weekend as a four-game homestand continues… Albany is just 2-16-0-3 against the Bears since 2004…Both wins have come on the road in Choclatetown, including a 2-0 victory last Sunday.
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The Senators have gone four straight games without a regulation loss, posting a 3-0-1-0 record since dropping a 5-1 decision at Norfolk on Oct. 19… Defenseman Brian Lee currently has a four-game points streak (1-5-6) and his nine points overall (1-8-9) are tied with Denis Hamel (5-4-9) for the team lead… Rookie center Ilya Zubov has notched two goals to this point (2-4-6), and both have come on the power play… Binghamton has scored at least one man-advantage marker in three straight games, going 5-for-17 (29.4%) over that span.
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After winning three of their first four games (3-1-0-0), the Sound Tigers have lost three in a row… Bridgeport concludes a four-game road stretch this weekend with visits to Binghamton and Hershey before returning home to host Norfolk on Sunday… Ben Walter saw his four-game points streak (3-3-6) come to an end in last Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Norfolk.
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Goaltender Chris Holt posted his first AHL wins of the season on Friday and Saturday over Springfield and Worcester, respectively… He denied all three Falcons attempts in the shootout on Friday… Second-year forward Greg Moore, who leads Hartford with eight points (4-4-8) and a +7 rating on the season, will bring a five-game points streak (2-4-6) into the weekend… The Wolf Pack’s 17 shots on goal in their 4-3 loss to Providence on Oct. 24 was their lowest total in a single game since also firing 17 against the Bruins on Dec. 31, 2002, in a 2-1 defeat.
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Second-year pro Kyle Wilson had points in each of the Bears’ first five games (2-3-5) before being held off the scoresheet in the team’s 2-0 loss to Albany last Sunday… Frederic Cassivi, in the third season of his second stint with Hershey, was the only Bears goaltender to stand between the pipes during the month of October – totaling 358 minutes played in six games… The Bears’ home game against Bridgeport on Sunday will mark their only contest at the Giant Center in their next six outings.
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The Devils, who beat Manchester in New Hampshire by a 2-1 score last weekend, welcome their Atlantic Division rivals to Tsongas Arena for the first time this season on Friday… Goaltender Frank Doyle has started five consecutive games and made at least 33 saves in four of the five… However, the Devils’ offense has netted just nine goals in the five contests, and the team has posted a 2-3-0-0 record during the stretch… Benoit Mondou paces Lowell with five points (1-4-5) on the season, while Ivan Khomutov’s three goals (3-1-4) lead the team in that category.
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Gabe Gauthier has tallied a point in seven of Manchester’s first eight games thus far (4-8-12), with the exception being the team’s 2-1 loss to Lowell last Friday… Two of Gauthier’s four goals have been game-winners, tying him for the lead league in that category… Rookie defenseman Brian Boyle, Los Angeles’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2003 draft, has points in four of his last five games (2-3-5)… Manchester’s power play is 7-for-25 (28.0%) at home and 2-for-13 (15.4%) on the road… The Monarchs are still looking for their first home victory of the campaign (0-1-1-1).
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As part of the Admirals’ 6-3 loss to Philadelphia last Friday, fourth-year pro Justin Taylor scored a goal in his third straight game to begin his Norfolk career, the first player to do so since Igor Radulov in October of 2002… Taylor had a four-game points streak (3-2-5) snapped two days later on Sunday, also against the Phantoms… Blair Jones (3-4-7) and Kyle Wanvig (1-7-8) each saw five-game points streaks end in that Sunday game at Philadelphia.
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The Phantoms, 8-1-0-0 on the season, did not win their eighth game last season until Nov. 24, which brought their record at the time to 8-9-1-0… Philadelphia went 3-0-0-0 in a three-games-in-three nights set last weekend – their first sweep of a three-in-three set since Nov. 25-27, 2005… Eight of Jonathan Matsumoto’s 11 points this season have come on the power play… Goaltender Brian Boucher leads the AHL with six wins on the season (6-1-0).
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The Pirates have gone four straight games without a regulation loss (3-0-1-0), and all four contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout… Portland hosts Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia and Providence this Friday and Saturday, respectively, to begin a four-game homestand… Andrew Ebbett leads the team with 11 points on the season (3-8-11) and has found the scoresheet in three of his last four games (2-3-5).
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Former first-round draft pick Petteri Nokelainen has a point in all six games he has played this season (3-4-7), and Chris Collins is riding a three-game points streak (2-1-3)… Rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask, also a first-round pick, has gotten his North American pro career off to a 5-1-0 start… The Bruins have scored a power play goal in each of their first seven contests (8-for-41; 19.5%)… Providence boasts the league’s fourth-best penalty kill, having allowed four power play goals in 42 shorthanded situations (90.5% kill rate).
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Defenseman Allan Rourke scored his first two goals of the season last Saturday at Philadelphia… Rourke now leads all Springfield blueliners with five points (2-3-5) through 10 games… Rookie winger Colin McDonald has a three-game points streak (1-2-3), his second such streak of the season… Rob Schremp has a point in six of the eight games he has played for the Falcons this year (3-6-9)… Schremp is in a three-way tie for the team lead in points with Patrick Thoresen (5-4-9) and rookie Liam Reddox (4-5-9).
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has lost five of six games (1-5-0-0) since winning its first two contests of the season… The Penguins will conclude a four-game homestand by hosting Toronto on Friday and Norfolk on Saturday… Friday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Penguins and Marlies… Jeff Taffe’s seven goals and nine points paced the team in October, but he has been held without a point in consecutive games after notching at least one in his first six outings.
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The Sharks’ game at Hartford this Friday will mark the seventh straight game the team has played against a divisional foe to begin the season… Following that contest, Worcester will play its next four against non-divisional opponents… Third-year pro Mike Iggulden has lit the lamp in three straight games (3-0-3) and paces the Sharks with nine points on the campaign (4-5-9)… Rookie Nate Raduns finished October first on the team with five goals (5-1-6).