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Monarchs Notes (Feb. 23)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)
Day Date Opponent (Time)
Tues. 2/24 vs. PROVIDENCE (7 p.m.)
Fri. 2/27 @ Hartford (7 p.m.)
Sat. 2/28 @ Lowell (1:30 p.m.)
Sun. 3/1 @ Springfield (4 p.m.)
*Audio web casts of Monarchs games are also available at www.manchestermonarchs.com/audio and video web casts are available 10 minutes prior to every Monarchs game by clicking on the AHL Live icon at www.manchestermonarchs.com.
A LOOK BACK
Day Date Opponent Result Monarchs Goals Monarchs Goaltender (Saves/Shots)
Mon. 2/16 @ Albany 4-3 W Azevedo (2), Moulson, Purcell Taylor (34/37)
Fri. 2/20 @ Providence 5-2 L Martinez, Murray Taylor (3/6), Bernier (31/32)
Sat. 2/21 vs. LOWELL 7-2 W Azevedo, Boyle, Gauthier, Meckler, Moulson (3) Bernier (31/33)
Sun. 2/22 vs. HARTFORD 3-2 L Boyle, Moller Bernier (25/28)

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS
This Season/This Week
Points Murray – 39 Azevedo, Gauthier – 7
Goals Purcell – 16 Moulson – 4
Assists Murray – 29 Gauthier – 6
Power Play 48-of-268, 17.9% 4-of-15, 26.7%
Penalty Killing 239-of-283, 84.5% 15-of-18, 83.3%

GOALIES
Jonathan Bernier 13-17-3 2.67
X – Jonathan Quick 6-5-2 2.68
Daniel Taylor 6-2-0 2.57
X – Jeff Zatkoff 1-2-0 2.31

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

At Albany (2/16):
Center Justin Azevedo scored twice and right wing Teddy Purcell scored his fourth game-winning goal in the team’s last five wins as the Manchester Monarchs edged the Albany River Rats, 4-3, for their fourth consecutive win at the Times Union Center on Monday night. Left wing Matt Moulson added to Azevedo’s two goals and Purcell’s team leading 16th goal for the Monarchs. Right wing Pat Dwyer and right wing Harrison Reed scored for the River Rats. Monarchs’ goaltender Daniel Taylor (6-1-0) earned his sixth win of the season and fifth in a row with 37 saves. River Rats’ netminder Justin Peters (13-19-2) took his 19th loss of the season stopping 18-of-22 shots. Manchester went 0-for- 2 on the power play. Albany was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

At Providence (2/20):
The Manchester Monarchs fell to the Providence Bruins, 5-2, following three quick goals in the first period at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night. Defenseman Alec Martinez and center Marty Murray scored for the Monarchs. The Bruins picked up goals by left wing Peter Schaefer, defenseman Johnny Boychuk (2), right wing Jordan Knackstedt and center Wacey Rabbit. Monarchs’ goaltender Daniel Taylor (6-2-0) took the loss stopping 3-of-6 shots before being replaced by netminder Jonathan Bernier (12-16-3) in the first period who stopped 31-of-32 shots. Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask (23-17-0) earned his 23rd victory with 22 saves. Manchester went 1-for-6 on the power play. Providence was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Vs. Lowell (2/21):
Left wing Matt Moulson netted his second career hat trick to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 7-2 win over the Lowell Devils at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Center Justin Azevedo, center Gabe Gauthier, right wing David Meckler and center Brian Boyle added to Moulson’s hat trick for the Monarchs. Right wing Nicklas Bergfors and right wing Vladimir Zharkov scored for Lowell. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (13-16-3) earned his 13th win of the season with 31 saves on 33 shots. Devils’ netminder Dave Caruso (1-11-0) took his 11th loss of the season with 25 saves. Manchester went 2-for-3 on the power play. Lowell was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Vs. Hartford (2/22):
The Manchester Monarchs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Hartford Wolf Pack with six seconds left in the game at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday evening. Centers Brian Boyle and Oscar Moller scored for the Monarchs. The Wolf Pack picked up goals from left wing Brodie Dupont, center Tommy Pyatt and center Mike Ouellette. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (13-17-3) took his 17th loss of the season with 25 saves on 28 shots. Wolf Pack’s netminder Matt Zaba (14-8-0) earned his 14th victory by stopping 35-of-37 shots. Manchester and Hartford were each 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
Manchester (26-26-0-5) is in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 57 points after 57 games. The Providence Bruins (33-21-2-1) lead the Atlantic Division with 69 points. The fourth and final playoff position in the Atlantic Division is held by the Lowell Devils (27-23-1-5, 60 points). The Worcester Sharks are in fifth place with 59 points (28-25-1-2). The Hartford Wolf Pack (30-23-2-3, 65 points) ranks second and the Portland Pirates (28-23-2-5) are ranks third in the Atlantic Division with 63 points.

The Monarchs are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games and have won six of their last eight games. Manchester’s four-game winning-streak was stopped with their Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

The Monarchs are in 12th place in the AHL on the power play. The team is 48-for-268 with the man advantage for a 17.9- percent rating.

Manchester has stopped their opponent 239 times on 283 power play opportunities for an 84.5-percent rating this season, good for 10th place.

The Monarchs have a winning record on two days of the week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Manchester is 6-2-0-1 on Wednesdays and 10-6-0-2 on Fridays. The Monarchs are 6-12-0-0 on Saturday’s and 2-5-0-1 on Sunday’s this season.

When the Monarchs score first, they have gained a point in every game but four. Manchester is 17-4-0-4 in the 25 games where they have scored first. Manchester is 15-3-0-3 when they have the lead following the first period. They are 19-3-0-2 when leading after two periods.

The Monarchs are undefeated when scoring four or more goals (12-0-0-0) and are 11-4-0-2 when they tally three goals in a game.

After going 2-4-0-1 in the month of October, the Monarchs went 7-4-0-2 in November, 7-6-0-1 in December and 3-9-0-1 in the month of January. Manchester is 7-3-0-0 in February.

Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Lowell Devils is the second time this season the Monarchs have scored seven goals, the most goals scored in one game by Manchester this season. The Monarchs were 7-2 winners over the Chicago Wolves on November 25, 2008. The most goals scored by the Monarchs in one game in franchise history are eight tallies and it’s happened three times during the regular season and once in the playoffs.
• February 20, 2002 vs. Springfield, 8-4 win
• October 25, 2002 vs. Hartford, 8-7 win
• March 21, 2004 vs. Springfield, 8-3 win
• April 25, 2006 at Hartford, 8-6 win (playoffs)

Center Marty Murray’s (10-29=39) leads the Monarchs with 29 assists and 39 points. The veteran had a five-game scoring streak snapped on Friday, February 13 when he was held off the scoreboard against Manitoba in Manchester’s 3-2 shootout win. Murray had 10 points (3-7=10) during his streak. He had a four-game point streak snapped by sitting out Sunday’s game. He had six points (2-4=6) from February 14-21.

Reigning AHL Rookie of the Year right wing Teddy Purcell’s (16-22=38) eight game scoring streak (7-9=16), the longest scoring streak by a Monarchs player this season, came to an end when he was held off the scoreboard in the 5-2 loss to Providence on Friday, February 20. The longest scoring streak in Monarchs history is center Michael Cammalleri with 25 points (14-11=25) in 14 games from October 29, 2004 – November 27, 2004. Purcell is the team’s leading goal scorer with 16 tallies on the season and he ranks second in points with 38. Purcell has the game-winning goal in four of the Monarchs last six wins. Purcell’s four-points (2-2=4) on Saturday, February 14 made him the 20th player to tally four points in one game. The franchise record for the most points in a game is five points (0-5=5) by center Jared Aulin on December 21, 2002.

Center Justin Azevedo (9-17=26) picked up four points (1-3=4) in the Monarchs 7-2 win over Lowell on Saturday, February 21 to become the 21st player in Monarchs history to score four points in a game. Azevedo has seven points (3-4=7) in his last four games and ranks seventh on the Monarchs in scoring having played only 26 games this season. Azevedo has been plagued by injuries this season but when he has been in the lineup, he’s averaged a point per game. The rookie center holds a five-game assist streak (0-6=6) recorded from January 21 – 31, 2009, the longest assist streak for a Monarchs player this season.

Right wing Trevor Lewis (13-21=34) is tied for third in goals and ranks third in overall scoring on the team. His 21 assists are ranked fourth on the Monarchs. Lewis also leads the Monarchs with three shorthanded goals this season.

Left wing Matt Moulson (14-17=31) is tied for fourth overall on the Monarchs squad with center Gabe Gauthier (6- 25=31). The left wing recorded his second career hat trick, the Monarchs first of the season, in Manchester’s 7-2 win over Lowell on Saturday. Moulson’s first career hat trick came against Albany in the Monarchs 5-1 win on March 30, 2007. Manchester has 17 hat tricks in the record books during the regular season and one in the playoffs since the franchise began in the 2001-02 season Moulson has seven points (4-3=7) in his last five games and his 14 goals rank second on the Monarchs. Moulson is tied for fifth all-time with right wing Pavel Rosa in goals scored with 67 tallies over three seasons. He is also ranked seventh in assists with 77 and sixth overall in points with 140.

Gauthier’s 25 assists rank second on the Monarchs squad. He has tallied seven points (1-6=7) in his last four games. Gauthier is also ranked fourth on the Monarchs all-time assists list with 90 helpers over three seasons. He is also ranked 10th in goals scored with 43 and is in seventh place with 133 points.

Right wing Scott Parse (13-17=30) leads the team with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 and ranks sixth in scoring. Parse has five assists in his last three games.

Defenseman Alec Martinez leads Monarchs blueliners with 19 points (6-13=19) and a plus-4 rating. Martinez has five points (1-4=5) in his last five games.

Center Brian Boyle tallied his first goal in Saturday’s 7-2 win over Lowell since returning to the Monarchs lineup on January 17 following his call-up to the Kings. He also scored a goal in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Hartford. Center Oscar Moller was assigned to the Monarchs for a conditioning stint on Sunday, February 15. The rookie scored three assists in the Monarchs 7-2 win on Saturday. He has four points (1-3=4) in four games.

Goaltender Daniel Taylor returned to the Monarchs lineup after spending the first half of the season with the ECHL’s Reading Royals. He began the season with the Royals and collected a 3-17-1 record, a 3.96 goals-against-average and a .881 save-percentage in 23 games. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound netminder was born in Plymouth, England, and split the 2007-08 season between Manchester, Los Angeles and Reading. He registered a 13-5-2 record, a 2.40 goals-againstaverage and a .921 save-percentage in 23 games with the Monarchs and was undefeated in five games with the Royals going 3-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against-average and a .917 save-percentage last season. Taylor made his NHL debut with the Kings against the Dallas Stars on March 29, 2008. He stopped eight shots in 20 minutes of play and let in two goals in his lone NHL game. Taylor earned his first win of the season in a Monarchs uniform on Saturday, January 17 by making 26 saves on 28 shots for a 3-2 win against Portland. He is 6-2-0 in eight games this season. Taylor’s five-game winning-streak came to an end on Friday, February 20 when he let in the season’s three fastest goals, 58 seconds apart, in the first period against Providence. The fastest three goals scored in a game in the Monarchs franchise history were scored 57 seconds apart when the team was in Lowell on March 19, 2006.

Netminder Jonathan Bernier is 13-17-3 with a 2.67 goals-against-average and a .903 save-percentage in 35 games with the Monarchs this season. Bernier ended his franchise tying six-game losing streak on Friday, January 30 with a 3-0 win over Lowell, his second shutout of the season. He stopped all 33 shots from the Devils.

MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS
2-17-09: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) assigned right wing Bud Holloway to the Ontario Reign (ECHL).
2-15-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) reassigned defenseman Davis Drewiske to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
2-15-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned center Oscar Moller to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
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