Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Sunday snapped a six-game losing skid at the Wachovia Spectrum… The River Rats won twice at the neighboring Wachovia Center in the teams’ playoff series last spring but hadn’t been victorious at the Spectrum since Nov. 3, 2006… Albany’s rally on Sunday was sparked by Brad Herauf’s first career AHL goal… Albany captain Tim Conboy played in his 300th career AHL game on Thursday at Norfolk… The River Rats’ lone game of the week is on Saturday against Portland in Glens Falls, N.Y.
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The shuffle that saw ex-Binghamton head coach Cory Clouston promoted to parent-club Ottawa and Curtis Hunt taking over the B-Sens marked the first midseason coaching change in franchise history… Hunt becomes Binghamton’s fourth coach since the Sens joined the AHL in 2002… Wednesday’s 4-3 win over San Antonio earned Binghamton a sweep of their first-ever season series against the Rampage… The Senators are now a perfect 11-0-0-0 on the season when scoring exactly four goals… Binghamton plays road games this weekend in Hamilton, Rochester, and Springfield.
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Bridgeport snapped a season-high three-game winless skid (0-2-1-0) with a 2-1 victory over Portland on Saturday… It marked the third game between the Sound Tigers and Pirates in a nine-day span; the final scorers were 1-0, 2-1, and 2-1… Not counting shootouts, Bridgeport has scored more than three goals in a game just once since Dec. 27 – a 4-2 win at Albany on Jan. 21… Kurtis McLean is without a goal in 10 straight AHL games… The Sound Tigers have been tied after two periods just six times through 47 games (2-3-0-1)… Bridgeport visits Norfolk for a pair of games this weekend.
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Hartford had been a perfect 3-0-0-0 against Manchester this season prior to Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Monarchs… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau registered a goal and an assist in the loss and now has a point in four straight games (2-5-7) and 12 of his last 13 outings (6-15-21)… Parenteau ranks third in the AHL with 55 points overall (21-34-55)… Rookie Dale Weise has netted a goal in his last two games (2-0-2) after going his previous 29 tilts without scoring… Rookie Jordan Owens is on a season-high three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… The Wolf Pack visit Springfield and Lowell this weekend.
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Hershey is on an eight-game points streak (5-0-0-3) since suffering a three-game losing skid from Jan. 10-14… Alexandre Giroux’s scoring streak was halted at a franchise-record 23 games in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Norfolk… It marked the first AHL game without a point for Giroux since a 3-2 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 14… Andrew Gordon scored twice against the Admirals on Saturday after going his previous 10 games without a goal… Defenseman Sami Lepisto has a point in seven of his last eight contests (1-8-9).
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After posting a 6-4 win over Worcester in its last game before the All-Star break, Lowell was outscored 8-1 in dropping home contests to Manchester and Providence last weekend… The Devils had previously won three straight games against both the Monarchs and Bruins… Pascal Rheaume scored the Devils’ lone goal against Providence on Saturday after missing the previous 15 games due to injury… AHL All-Star goaltender Jeff Frazee has put together four winning streaks of at least three games this season… Lowell visits Springfield on Friday and hosts Hartford on Sunday this weekend.
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Manchester captain Marty Murray tallied the game-winner in the Monarchs’ 6-3 win at Hartford on Wednesday and shows three goals and four points in his last two games… Scott Parse has a three-game goal-scoring streak (4-1-5) and is now pacing the Monarchs with 13 goals overall (13-11-24)… Rookie Justin Azevedo has registered a point in nine straight games (2-8-10) since returning from injury… Manchester, which has never missed the playoffs since joining the AHL in 2001, currently sits eight points out of the Atlantic Division’s final entry.
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Three members of the Admirals – Brandon Bochenski, captain Zenon Konopka, and Radek Smolenak – each has a team-high three game-winning goals on the season; Bochenski collected two on consecutive nights against Albany last week, and Smolenak also tallied two straight over the River Rats from Dec. 17-19… Goaltender Mike McKenna made his NHL debut for parent-club Tampa Bay on Tuesday… Justin Keller is on a four-game scoring streak (2-4-6)… Norfolk’s 50 shots vs. Albany on Jan. 29 were its most since also firing 50 in a game against Bridgeport on Mar. 17, 2007.
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Philadelphia’s All-Star break was the longest of any team in the league – the Phantoms were the only team with last Friday off… Before Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Albany, the Phantoms had surrendered just one goal in their previous three meetings with the River Rats this season… Josh Beaulieu’s first goal of the season was Philadelphia’s only marker in that game… The Phantoms conclude their six-game homestand this weekend by welcoming Hershey and Bridgeport… Philadelphia is 3-5-0-0 against the arch-rival Bears thus far on the season.
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Rookie Tim Kennedy had not scored a goal since Nov. 19 – a span of 28 games – prior to tallying a pair in Portland’s 5-3 loss to Worcester on Wednesday… Kennedy now has a point in five straight games (2-4-5) and six of his last seven (2-5-7)… Portland had been 18-2-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period but coughed up a 3-2 edge to the Sharks… Next on tap for the Pirates is an odd home-and-home with Albany in which neither game will be played at the team’s normal home arena… The Rats host Portland in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Saturday, and the Pirates will be the home team on Tuesday in Buffalo, home of their parent Buffalo Sabres.
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Last weekend’s victories over Lowell and Worcester marked Providence’s first two-game winning streak since taking three in a row from Jan. 2-4… The Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Sharks on Super Bowl Sunday improved them to 20-6-1-1 all-time against Worcester, including an 11-3-0-0 mark at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center… Rookie Mikko Lehtonen shows three goals (3-0-3) over his last two games, and Peter Schaefer has three assists over the same span… Goaltender Tuukka Rask registered his first career NHL shutout for parent-club Boston on Saturday, making 35 saves in a 1-0 win over the N.Y. Rangers.
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Springfield is 0-3-1-0 since winning back-to-back games from Jan. 17-19… Gilbert Brule assisted on both goals in Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Binghamton, marking his first points since being reassigned to the Falcons by parent-club Edmonton on Jan. 21… Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk leads the AHL with 2426 minutes played – 237 minutes more than his closest pursuer in that category (San Antonio’s Josh Tordjman, 2189 minutes)… Dubnyk also leads the league in saves (1138) and losses (25)… The Falcons play three home games in three nights this weekend, welcoming Lowell, Hartford, and Binghamton.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won three straight games and six of seven (6-1-0-0) to pull four points up on Bridgeport for second place in the East Division and seven back of Hershey for the top spot… Defenseman Reid Cashman scored his first career AHL goal for the game-winner in Tuesday’s 4-1 triumph at Philadelphia… Tim Wallace had gone his first 135 career AHL games without posting a two-goal performance before registering two in a row from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3; Wallace has totaled five goals in his last three outings.
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Wednesday’s 5-3 win at Portland marked Worcester’s 100th win in its three-year franchise history… The Sharks’ first-ever win also came at the Cumberland County Civic Center, on Oct. 6, 2006… Of the 100 wins, Springfield has been the victim 16 times and Lowell on 15 occasions… Ryan Vesce is now riding a 15-game scoring streak (8-16-24), the longest current run in the AHL… It also ties a Worcester pro hockey record, matching a 15-game streak by Chris Kenady of the IceCats during the 1996-97 season… The Sharks continue their seven-game road swing this weekend in Manchester and Providence.