AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, March, 2015

by Tony Androckitis

Conor Allen - Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Conor Allen is the top offensive defender for the Wolf Pack, posting 33 points in 63 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears have already clinched berths in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs and the Northeast Division-leading Syracuse Crunch is closing in on clinching a spot as well. But the fourth through eighth place teams in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference are separated by three points, with the Springfield Falcons four points out of the playoffs heading into the final three weeks of the season. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Ferland pots eventual game winner in Flames victory

by Ken McKenna

Michael Ferland - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Michael Ferland (R) celebrates his first NHL goal in just his second NHL game, a goal that helped the Flames earn a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames couldn’t let their rivals to the north hog all the first NHL goal accolades this week. The Edmonton Oilers had a couple of their youngsters net first goals within a couple days of one another, so the Flames’ Michael Ferland got into the act, as well, as he posted his first – the eventual game-winner – in his team’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Miller buries penalty shot in Oilers win

by Ken McKenna

Andrew Miller - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Andrew Miller beats Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen on a penalty shot to score his first NHL goal (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After helping Martin Marincin net his first NHL goal two nights earlier, Edmonton Oilers forward Andrew Miller did himself the favor by netting his own first NHL goal in unique fashion in a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Shore opens scoring for Kings in win over Islanders

by Ken McKenna

Nick Shore - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Los Angeles Kings rookie forward Nick Shore (#37) tips home a shot by teammate Dustin Brown in the Kings’ 3-2 win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings are making a late-season push to secure a place in the 2015 postseason, with Kings rookie forward Nick Shore making his own contribution to the cause. Shore scored the first goal of the game for the Kings – his first NHL goal – to help get his team moving towards a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Carrick nets lone Leafs’ goal in loss

by Ken McKenna

Sam Carrick - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Sam Carrick played four seasons in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion before turning pro in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

The game may not be memorable for his teammates, but Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sam Carrick won’t likely forget it as he netted his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game for the Leafs – in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Read more»

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