Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany has won a season-high four straight games and six of its last eight (6-2-0-0) to pull within 11 points of playoff position in the East Division… All four wins during the River Rats’ current streak have been by one- or two-goal margins, including a pair of shootout decisions… Albany is 5-2 in shootouts for the season… Rookie Nick Dodge has registered consecutive two-goal performances, and Michael Ryan shows a goal in four straight AHL games (5-2-7)… Bryan Rodney and Jakub Petruzalek both scored their first career NHL point last week for parent-club Carolina.
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Binghamton’s five-game points streak (3-0-2-0) ended on Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to Albany… The B-Sens have now dropped three straight to the River Rats since posting a 3-0 win in Albany on Dec. 13… The Sens have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four games (1-1-2-0)… Josh Hennessy recorded his 200th career AHL point with an assist at Springfield on Sunday… Defenseman Tomas Kudelka shows seven points (2-5-7) in his last six games… Binghamton plays its next seven games against divisional foes, including three home dates with first-place Hershey.
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Bridgeport kicked off a four-game homestand with a 4-3 win over San Antonio on Wednesday… Goaltender Tobias Stephan has two wins in as many appearances since joining the Sound Tigers on Feb. 6… Kurtis McLean snapped a 14-game goal-scoring drought with a tally against the Rampage, and Mike Iggulden scored in overtime for his 20th goal of the season… Bridgeport finished a perfect 4-0-0-0 against the West Division this year, taking a pair of wins apiece from Houston and San Antonio… The Sound Tigers host Philadelphia once and Norfolk twice this week to wrap up their homestand.
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After Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Manitoba, the Wolf Pack have dropped consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 5-6, when they lost in Philadelphia and Hershey… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (six games) and Artem Anisimov (four games) each saw scoring streaks end in the loss to the Moose… Vladimir Denisov netted a shorthanded goal on Saturday in Springfield, his first goal since scoring the Pack’s first tally of the entire season… Greg Moore’s shorthanded score in Sunday’s third period at Lowell was the Wolf Pack’s fourth shorthander in a span of five games.
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With Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Portland and Wednesday’s 4-2 setback to Hamilton, the Bears have lost consecutive home games in regulation for just the second time all season (Jan. 10-14, both to Albany)… Graham Mink netted a goal against the Bulldogs and has scored in four straight games (4-2-6)… Alexandre Giroux has an assist in two straight games played since his AHL season-high 22-game scoring streak ended on Jan. 31… Each of Hershey’s next five road games will take place in New York state, including a trio of visits to Binghamton, the first of which occurs on Friday.
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Lowell’s 5-3 win over Hartford on Sunday was the Devils’ 24th victory of the season (24-21-1-4) in their 50th game… The Devils are now just one victory shy of the 25 they captured all of last season (25-43-7-5)… Overall, Lowell has a standings point in six of its last eight games (5-2-0-1)… The Devils are 21-3-1-2 this season when they score three or more goals… Rookie Vladimir Zharkov is on a season-high three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Philadelphia marked just the second time that goaltender Jeff Frazee failed to win when allowing two goals or fewer (13-0-2).
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Manchester’s 5-2 win over Springfield on Wednesday moved the Monarchs to 6-2-0-1 on Wednesdays this season… Manchester holds a 9-5-0-2 record in Friday games but is just 4-12-0-0 on Saturdays and 2-4-0-1 on Sundays for the campaign… Teddy Purcell tallied two goals and three points against the Falcons, his highest output in a game since posting the same line on Nov. 25 at Chicago… Purcell has a goal in three straight tilts (4-2-6) and a point in five straight (4-5-9)… Captain Marty Murray also has a five-game scoring run (3-7-10), while Matt Moulson shows a point in four of his last five outings (3-6-9).
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Riku Helenius’s 41 saves on Friday vs. Bridgeport marked the second time in franchise history that a Norfolk goaltender posted more than 40 saves in a shutout; Michael Leighton stopped all 44 shots in Binghamton on Apr. 9, 2004… The Admirals held Bridgeport’s power play scoreless in 12 opportunities during last weekend’s two-game set… Justin Keller’s six-game scoring streak (3-5-8) ended in Norfolk’s 5-0 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday… That marked Norfolk’s first shutout against since Dec. 7 at Hershey… The Admirals host Hamilton for the first time ever on Friday.
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Philadelphia captured a 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday at Lowell, its second consecutive victory by that score… Goaltender Scott Munroe has stopped 68 of 70 shots (.971) in the two wins… The Phantoms swept their four-game season series from the Devils and are 8-0-0-0 against Lowell over the last two campaigns… Philadelphia has not allowed a power play goal in its last seven games, killing off 31 straight shorthanded situations in that span… The Phantoms continue their three-game road swing in Bridgeport and Binghamton this weekend before hosting Hamilton on Monday.
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Portland had not endured a shootout loss since Dec. 5 before suffering two in its last three games… Kyle Rank’s first AHL goal since Apr. 15, 2007 came with 30 seconds left in regulation in the Pirates’ eventual 4-3 shootout loss to Albany in Buffalo on Tuesday… Rookie Tim Kennedy scored two goals just 59 seconds apart in the Pirates’ 5-3 loss to Worcester on Feb. 4… Rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth made a season-high 44 saves in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Albany at the Glens Falls Civic Center… Portland hosts Worcester and Providence this weekend before visiting Lowell on Sunday.
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Providence has won a season-high four straight games, including three in a row by one-goal margins… Rookie Mikko Lehtonen has a point in all four contests (5-1-6), including the game-tying and winning goals in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Worcester… Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has found the scoresheet in three of his last four outings (1-3-4)… Providence is now 6-0-1-0 against Worcester this season and 21-6-1-1 since the Sharks joined the AHL in 2006… The Bruins host San Antonio on Friday, travel to Portland on Saturday, and welcome Manitoba on Sunday.
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Springfield’s 5-2 loss at Manchester on Wednesday extended its losing streak to eight games (0-7-1-0), matching a franchise record set two times previously… The Falcons last won on Jan. 19 at Lowell, a 3-1 decision… Colin McDonald scored just 34 seconds after the opening face-off in the loss to the Monarchs… Ryan Potulny’s five-game goal-scoring run (5-0-5) came to an end… Goaltender Dany Sabourin made his Falcons debut on Friday against Lowell… Springfield plays three road games in three days this weekend, visiting Albany, Syracuse, and Toronto.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton set a season high with its sixth straight win on Wednesday, a 3-1 decision over Lake Erie… It marks the Pens’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run from Mar. 2-19, 2008… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week John Curry is on a personal eight-game winning streak, tying a career high… Fellow netminder Adam Berkhoel made 16 saves on Wednesday to pick up his first victory since Dec. 28… Jeff Taffe is currently riding a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6)… Defenseman Alex Goligoski has an assist in both games since being reassigned from parent-club Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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The Sharks dropped games in Manchester and Providence by identical 3-2 scores last weekend… Prior to that, Worcester hadn’t lost two straight in regulation since Dec. 3-5… Ryan Vesce had a point in both games to extend his franchise-record scoring streak to 16 games (8-17-25), the longest active run in the AHL and the longest in the history of pro hockey in Worcester… After not scoring a power play goal in five straight games (0-for-19), the Sharks netted two in a seven-minute span in Providence on Sunday… The Sharks continue their seven-game road swing with games in Portland and Wilkes-Barre this weekend.