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Amerks have won 7 of last 8 games, including 5 in a row

Chris Taylor resumed head coaching duties of the Amerks on Monday, making his return to Rochester after spending the previous two months with the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff.

Taylor filled in for Sabres assistant coach Don Granato, who was forced to take an extended medical leave while he recovered from pneumonia-related complications. Amerks assistant coach Gord Dineen took over in the interim, leading the Amerks to a 12-3-1-2 record, including the team’s recent five-game win streak.

Rochester enters the week riding a season-long eight-game point streak (7-0-0-1), the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference, and have won eight of its last 10 games, with seven wins coming against North Division opponents.

Coming off Saturday’s come-from-behind win at Binghamton, the Amerks have earned points in 13 of their last 15 contests, going 10-2-1-2 over that span, putting them two points behind the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the AHL’s North Division going into Friday’s showdown.