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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany has scored a power play goal on five of its last 12 opportunities (41.7%), and its penalty kill has killed off 13 straight shorthanded situations and 20 of its last 21 (95.2%)… Justin Peters recorded his second shutout of the season in Albany’s 3-0 win over Rochester on Saturday, but it marked the River Rats’ first team shutout; The Rats dropped a 1-0 shootout decision in Syracuse on Nov. 22, which counts as a shutout for the goaltender but not for the team… Nick Dodge, Bryan Rodney, and Dwight Helminen all reached the 20-point plateau for the season last week.
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Defenseman Mattias Karlsson, Binghamton’s lone representative at the AHL All-Star Classic, recorded three assists and a plus-4 rating in PlanetUSA’s 14-11 victory over Canada in Worcester on Monday… Josh Hennessy begins the second half with a goal in two straight games (3-0-3) and a point in three straight (3-1-4)… The Senators travel to Texas for the first time in franchise history this week to battle San Antonio and Houston… Beginning Feb. 4, Binghamton plays on 10 consecutive Wednesdays to close the regular season.
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Bridgeport is just 5-6-2-0 in its last 13 games and hasn’t posted back-to-back wins since defeating Lowell and Hartford from Dec. 21-26… The Sound Tigers have totaled five goals in their last four games, which includes two shutouts… Trevor Smith shows three goals in his last six games and leads the Sound Tigers with 22 goals for the campaign (22-14-36)… Rookie goaltender Nathan Lawson is just 2-2-0 in his last four games despite posting a 1.49 goals-against average and .942 save percentage over that span… Bridgeport visits Hartford on Friday before hosting Portland on Saturday.
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AHL All-Star Artem Anisimov has a point in eight straight games (5-6-11) and 15 of his last 16 outings (10-12-22) for the Wolf Pack… Anisimov has tallied the game-winning goal in three of Hartford’s last five victories… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has registered a point in nine of his last 10 contests (4-11-15) to climb to third in the league in scoring with 49 points overall (19-30-49)… Mike Ouellette (1-2-3) and Tommy Pyatt (2-2-4) are each riding three-game scoring streaks… The Wolf Pack host Bridgeport on Friday before visiting Manchester on Saturday.
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Hershey entered the All-Star break on a six-game points streak (4-0-0-2), which came on the heels of a season-high three-game regulation losing skid… Alexandre Giroux has a point in 22 straight games (27-16-43), a new Bears franchise record… Giroux’s 36 goals lead the league, and his 56 points rank second behind teammate Keith Aucoin’s 60 (17-43-60)… Defenseman Sami Lepisto is riding a six-game scoring run (1-7-8)… The league-leading Bears resume their schedule by traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and hosting Norfolk on Saturday.
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Lowell won three straight games prior to the All-Star break, its longest streak since a season-high five-game run from Nov. 21-29… All three victories came by either one or two goals… Rod Pelley recorded his second professional hat trick in Saturday’s 6-4 win over Worcester… That victory lifted the Devils to 20-11-0-1 against Atlantic Division foes this season, the best intra-division mark in the Atlantic… Matthew Corrente was plus-4 against the Sharks, the best single-game total by a Lowell player on the campaign… The Devils host division rivals Manchester and Providence this weekend.
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Manchester has lost three straight games and is just 2-8-0-1 since closing out calendar year 2008 on a four-game winning streak… The Monarchs have scored exactly one goal in each of their last three games and have not topped the three-goal mark since a 4-2 triumph over Providence on Dec. 31… Defenseman Alec Martinez snapped a nine-game drought with a goal in the Monarchs’ 2-1 loss at Hershey on Saturday, and Scott Parse broke an eight-game slump with Manchester’s lone goal the night before in Philadelphia… The Monarchs close out a five-game road stretch on Friday in Lowell.
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Bracken Kearns’ five-game point streak (4-3-7) and four-game goal-scoring run both ended on Jan. 21 against Hershey; both marks were career highs for the fourth-year pro… Justin Keller has scored six goals this season, all at home… The Admirals are 0-for-their-last-18 on the power play since Steve Downie netted a man-advantage marker on Jan. 10 vs. Manchester… Norfolk wraps up a nine-game homestand by hosting Albany on Thursday and Friday before traveling up to Hershey for a Saturday night tilt.
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Philadelphia entered the All-Star break on a 6-1-0-0 run, which lifted the Phantoms two points ahead of Binghamton for the East Division’s fourth and final playoff berth… The Phantoms have not outshot an opponent in a period since holding a 16-12 advantage in the second period of a 4-3 shootout win at Hershey on Jan. 17, a span of 13 periods… Jared Ross became the third Phantom to be named most valuable player of an AHL All-Star Game, following John Slaney (2001) and Jean-Marc Pelletier (1999)… Philadelphia is the only AHL team with Friday off before its hosts Albany on Saturday.
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Portland swept a pair of games from Bridgeport last weekend despite totaling only three goals in the two games… Rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 65 of 66 shots (.985) as the Pirates took 1-0 and 2-1 victories over the Sound Tigers… Mathieu Darche scored in overtime for his seventh game-winning goal of the season on Saturday, moving him into a four-way tie for first in the league in game-winners… Rookie Tim Kennedy has registered an assist in three of his last four games (0-3-3)… The Pirates hit the road this weekend for games in Providence and Bridgeport.
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Providence will look to halt a three-game home losing streak when Portland visits the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday… Captain Jeremy Reich’s six-game points streak (6-3-9) ended on Saturday in a 3-1 victory at Springfield… That win lifted the Bruins to a 7-1-0-0 mark against the Falcons this season, with two clashes remaining… Vladimir Sobotka has a point in eight straight AHL games played (4-7-11) dating back to Nov. 28… Providence holds the AHL’s fourth-best power play at 19.8 percent.
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Springfield’s three-game points streak (2-0-1-0) was snapped on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Providence at home… AHL All-Star Ryan Potulny scored the Falcons’ lone goal in that game and was recalled today by parent-club Edmonton… Defenseman Mathieu Roy shows three points (1-2-3) in his last two games… Ryan Stone has a point in three of four games (1-2-3) since joining the Falcons from the Pittsburgh organization… The Falcons travel to Worcester and Binghamton this weekend.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had won three straight games prior to Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Hartford… Goaltender Adam Berkhoel took the loss in that tilt and is now winless in a season-high four straight games (0-3-1), last claiming victory on Dec. 28 vs. Binghamton… Counterpart John Curry is 5-1-0 in his last six decisions… Second-year pro Mark Letestu has netted a goal in a career-high five straight games (5-1-6), the longest active streak in the AHL… Jeff Taffe shows just two goals in his last 14 games for the Penguins, but he registered a hat trick in Monday’s AHL All-Star Game.
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Prior to Saturday’s 6-4 loss in Lowell, the Sharks had gained a point in four straight games (3-0-0-1), with all four contests extending beyond regulation; Worcester captured one win in a shootout and two in overtime, Ryan Vesce providing the game-winner in both… Vesce now shows a league-leading four overtime goals for the season and is riding a 13-game scoring streak (7-13-20)… Defenseman Patrick Traverse has a point in four straight tilts (3-6-9), including a pair of three-point efforts… Worcester hosts Springfield and San Antonio this weekend before embarking on a seven-game road swing.