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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany’s 2-1 shootout loss to Norfolk on Saturday kept them unlucky on October 13th – the River Rats are 0-3-1-1 all-time on that date… Saturday’s contest marked captain Keith Aucoin’s 400th career AHL game… The River Rats put 74 shots on goal over two games last weekend, but they managed just one goal… Albany hosts Manchester on Friday, against whom they went 0-2-0-0 last season.
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Rookie Alexander Nikulin is the only member of the Senators to have a point in all three games so far (1-2-3)… Brian Lee, a 2005 first-round draft pick by Ottawa, has three assists through his first three pro games… Playing in his 219th career regular-season AHL game on Saturday, right wing Danny Bois netted his first shorthanded goal and 35th overall… Binghamton heads south this weekend for a two-game set against Norfolk.
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Goaltender Joey MacDonald earned his first shutout with the Sound Tigers on Friday, making 23 saves in a 2-0 win over Norfolk… Tim Jackman has a point in each of Bridgeport first three games (1-3-4)… The Sound Tigers host Hershey on Friday; Bridgeport took six of eight meetings last season from the eventual Eastern Conference champions.
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Wolf Pack rookie Artem Anisimov notched the first two goals of his North American pro career in Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss at Manchester, including the tying goal with less than two seconds remaining in regulation… Hartford’s penalty kill allowed six power play goals in 11 shorthanded situations in two games last weekend… The Wolf Pack’s 5-3 win at Syracuse on Saturday was their 200th regular-season road win in team history, coming in the franchise’s 402nd road contest…Hartford is 200(w) – 138(l) – 34(t) – 23(otl) – 7(sol) all-time away from Connecticut’s capital.
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Hershey has gone its first two games without a standings point for the first time since 2004-05, the last season the Bears missed the playoffs… The Bears also lost in regulation and in a shootout in the first two games of 2005-06 but recovered and went on to capture the Calder Cup that season… This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of Giant Center, the Bears’ home since 2002 after playing the previous 64 seasons in Hersheypark Arena.
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Petr Vrana and Stephen Gionta both saw their two-game goal-scoring streaks come to an end in Wednesday’s 4-1 home loss to Providence… Four different Lowell players recorded plus-3 ratings in last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Portland – Mark Fraser, Petr Vrana, Olivier Magnan-Grenier, and Grant Marshall… The Devils play only one game this weekend, as they make their first visit of the season to Worcester on Saturday to take on the Sharks.
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Three Monarchs recorded five points each in two games last weekend – rookie Teddy Purcell (2-3-5) and 2nd-year pros Matt Moulson (3-2-5) and Gabe Gauthier (1-4-5)… Gauthier leads Manchester with seven points (2-5-7) and has recorded at least one in all four games so far… Second-year defenseman Peter Harrold posted four assists last weekend and has five total on the season, tied for the league high in that category among blueliners.
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Goaltender Ryan Munce earned his first career AHL win by stopping 36 of 37 shots and all five shootout attempts in a 2-1 victory at Albany on Saturday… The Admirals are just 1 for 29 (3.4%) on the power play this season… After recording three points (0-3-3) in 75 games for Springfield in 2006-07, Mike Egener posted two-thirds of that total (1-1-2) in one game against his former team on Sunday, but Norfolk wound up dropping a 4-3 decision to the Falcons at the MassMutual Center.
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During their franchise-best 5-0-0-0 start, the Phantoms have scored first in all five games, scored a power play goal in all five contests, and have scored at least one goal in 13 of 15 total periods played… Goaltender Brian Boucher stopped 61 of 63 shots in two games last weekend, including a 37-save shutout of Albany, pushing his record to 4-0-0 on the season… The Phantoms’ only game this weekend is a home tilt on Saturday against Providence, who they swept in a home-and-home series last season.
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Jason King recorded an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Lowell to extend his current point-scoring streak to four games (4-2-6)… The Pirates, who have been in the AHL since the 1993-94 season, are three goals away from scoring their 3,500th in team history… Saturday’s game against Manchester will begin a stretch in which Portland plays seven of its next eight at home, all but one against divisional opponents.
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The Bruins, road warriors for their first 10 games of the season while renovations are completed on the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, have opened the tough stretch with three straight wins… Martins Karsums has recorded at least one point in all three victories (1-3-4)… T.J. Trevelyan, who led the Bruins with six goals (6-2-8) in nine games against Lowell last season, started the new season series by netting a pair in Providence’s 4-1 win over the Devils on Wednesday.
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Reigning Rbk/AHL Player of the Week Patrick Thoresen has recorded at least one point in five of six games so far (3-4-7)… Falcons center Robert Nilsson played in his 100th career AHL game last Sunday and recorded two goals in the team’s 4-3 win over Norfolk… Liam Reddox has goals in three straight games (3-0-3), beginning with his first AHL goal last Friday against Portland… Springfield has won three straight home games, a feat last accomplished from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 of last season.
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Center Jeff Taffe, who is tied for the league lead with four goals (4-2-6), is the only Penguins player to record a point in each of the team’s first five games… Tyler Kennedy’s unsuccessful penalty shot attempt last Saturday against Philadelphia dropped the Penguins to 1 for 14 all-time in converting such opportunities… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s only successful penalty shot was tallied by Rico Fata at Binghamton on Jan. 20, 2006… The Penguins, at 2-3-0-0 on the season, are below .500 for the first time since Oct. 30, 2004, when they were 3-4-1-1.
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Sharks winger Mike Iggulden factored into all three goals in Worcester’s 3-2 home-opening win over Portland, picking up a goal and two assists… Overall, Iggulden’s five points (1-4-5) are tied for the team lead with Graham Mink (1-4-5)… The Sharks host Lowell on Saturday at the DCU Center… Last season, Worcester finished 6-3-0-1 in 10 match-ups with the Devils, which was their best record against any Atlantic Division opponent during their inaugural campaign.