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Another goaltenders duel in Checkers/Pens series

Brad Thiessen of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Mike Murphy of the Charlotte Checkers have been playing an outstanding series against each other.  They are the first and second ranked goalies in every statistical category, and their numbers get better every game.  Charlotte won game one 3-2.  WBS won game two 3-0.  After that, it’s been a goaltending clinic on both sides of the ice.  Charlotte won game three 2-1 in overtime, and they won game four 1-0.  Tonight, WBS turned the tables and took game five by the same 1-0 score.

It’s a real shame that few people will be experiencing this brilliant duel since, you know, it’s the American League. 

Mike Murphy had his shutout streak snapped at 161 minutes 11 seconds when Chris Collins tipped a Bryan Lerg shot at 8:54 of the third.  The tip, high in the slot, looked like it might have been with a high stick, but the play never even went under review.

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Checkers take commanding lead.  Murphy en fuego

On Wednesday night, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1-0 in game four of the East Division final of the Calder Cup playoffs.  Charlotte leads the series 3-1 and will have a chance to finish the series at home on Friday night.  If and when they finish this series, they will advance to the Eastern Conference final against either Binghamton (Senators) or Portland (Sabres).   

Mike Murphy, who continues to improve in this playoff season, made 44 saves for the shutout, his first of the playoffs.  His GAA of 1.73 is second in the league for the playoffs.  His save percentage of .945 is first in the league.  He’s tied for the league lead with six wins and one shutout.  The last time he allowed a goal was at 13:23 of the first period in game three.  If you’re scoring along at home, that’s a run of 106 minutes, 37 seconds.  Oh.  Did I mention that he’s just a 21 year old kid playing in his first professional season? 

Chris Terry scored the only goal of the game at 2:01 of the third period.

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Sutter lifts Checkers

On Monday night at the Time-Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Checkers beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead East Division final series of the Calder Cup playoffs.  Charlotte will host the next two games Wednesday and Friday nights.  Oddly, they have done in three post-season games what they could not do in eight regular season games: beat the Penguins twice.  They lost all four home games in the regular season, but won the first home playoff game between the teams.  It just goes to show that the playoffs are a completely different animal. 

Chris Collins of the Penguins scored at 13:23 of the first, and for a long time it looked like Pens goalie Brad Thiessen was going to be unbeatable again.  At 9:45 of the second, Nick Dodge finally snapped a Checkers scoreless streak that lasted four and a half periods.  His fourth goal of the playoffs ended up being the last goal of regulation.

Just 5:40 into the bonus frame, Brett Sutter potted the game winner from right out in front.  His third marker of the postseason was assisted by Zac Dalpe and Jacob Micflikier.  Checkers goalie Mike Murphy made 26 saves for the win.

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Checkers, Penguins square off for three in Charlotte.  Murphy looking good.

On Saturday night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins squashed the Charlotte Checkers 3-0 in game two of the East Division finals of the 2011 AHL Calder Cup playoffs.  Charlotte won game one 3-2 on Thursday to swipe home-ice advantage from the Pens.  With the series tied at one, the next three games will be at Charlotte’s Time-Warner Cable Arena.  Tonight, Wednesday and Friday.  The guarantee of three home games is good for the team, good for the arena, good for the city.  It’s not the same impact that home games at the RBC Center would have for Raleigh and the Canes, but it’s still quite good. 

I expect tonight’s crowd to be somewhere around 3,500.  Wednesday’s should be somewhere around 3,000.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Friday’s crowd pushes 6,000. 

The shutout loss on Saturday obviously put an end to Zach Boychuk’s seven game scoring streak.  It was the first time since a 2-0 loss at Worcester on March 5 that the Checkers have been blanked in a game. 

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Charlotte wins game one vs Baby Pens

On Thursday night, the Charlotte Checkers won the first game of the East Division final 3-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Jon Matsumoto scored two power play goals and Zac Dalpe netted his fourth of the playoffs.  Zach Boychuk assisted on Dalpe’s goal to extend his points streak to seven games.  He has at least one point in every game of the postseason.  Brett Sutter, who has also had a hot hand, got the second assist on Dalpe’s goal. 

Mike Murphy made his fifth straight start and got his fourth straight win, making 28 saves in the process.

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Amazing comeback puts Checkers up 3-2 in series with Bears

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers overcame a 3-0 lead late in the second period to score five straight goals in a 5-3 win over the visiting Hershey Bears.  Charlotte now has a 3-2 lead in the series as it shifts back to Hershey for games six Sunday and (if necessary) seven on Monday. 

Drayson Bowman had an empty net goal and two assists.  Oskar Osala had a goal and two assists.  Nick Dodge had the game winner for the second game in a row.  Brett Sutter had a goal and an assist.  Zach Boychuk also had a goal and one assist.

It would have been easy for the team to give up.  Down 3-0 late in the second, they could have folded up the tents and mailed it in for the rest of the game.  But they didn’t.  They stayed hungry, got a good break on a late goal in the second.  Then they got a power play goal in the first minute of the third, and it was a new game.  Instead of being down and out, they responded with a flurry of goals and put themselves into a good position.  Two chances to finish off this series on the road.

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Checkers level series with Bears

On Tuesday night, the Hershey Bears defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2.  On Wednesday night, the Checkers returned the favor, winning game four by the same score.  The series is tied 2-2 with one more game to be played in Charlotte on Friday night.  Games six and (if necessary) seven will be in Hershey. 

Charlotte got goals from Nick Dodge and Zach Boychuk on Tuesday while Zac Dalpe was held off the scoresheet completely.  On Wednesday, Charlotte got goals from Dodge, Nicolas Blanchard and Oskar Osala.  Jon Matsumoto had two helpers while Boychuk, Dalpe, Jacob Micflikier and Drayson Bowman each had one assist.  Mike Murphy made 35 saves to pick up the win, which was his first career Calder Cup playoff victory. 

It’s now a best-of-three series and Hershey has a decided home ice advantage.  Charlotte can make things hard for them with another win on Friday.

Defenseman Justin Faulk, who just helped UMD win the NCAA championship, was signed last week and immediately reported to Charlotte.  He made his professional debut tonight with no points or penalties and a +/- of zero.  The guys on the Checkers radio broadcast said that he looked “like he belonged”. 

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Checkers back in action tonight

Tonight, the Charlotte Checkers, top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes will finally be back in action after having eight days off.  They’ll play two games on the road against the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning) in what might be a preview of the playoffs in the spring of 2011.  Currently, the Checkers sit third place in the East division and fourth overall in the Eastern conference.  Norfolk is four standings points ahead of them in both races.  This is an excellent opportunity for the Checkers to leapfrog Norfolk in the standings, or for Norfolk to gain some breathing room. 

There’s no doubt that the starts will be split between netminders Justin Pogge and Mike Murphy.  They’ve both played well this season, and neither has done anything to make the coaching staff declare a #1 starter.

Just before the long break, the Checkers lost a game at Hershey (Washington Capitals), which snapped a seven game road win streak that went back all the way to October 30.  After this two game set which wraps up a five game road trip, Charlotte will host four games in five nights.

The Admirals have only played 11 home games this season and have gone 5-2-3-1 in those games.  The two regulation losses were both against Charlotte.  This is the fifth of twelve meetings of the two teams, and Charlotte has a 2-1-0-1 lead in the series.

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Checkers crush Crunch

On Monday, the Charlotte Checkers wrapped up a two game set with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) with a blistering 10-3 win.  They lost a tough one on Sunday 3-2 against the same team, but the retribution was swift and hard.  There were nine different goal scorers and fifteen different players tallied at least one point.

The second period was an absolute explosion, in which the Checkers scored eight goals.  In a span of 101 seconds, they scored four. 

Crunch starting goaltender Timo Pielmeier was yanked early in the second after he had allowed a total of four goals, including two in 21 seconds.  Backup netminder J-P Levasseur was terrible in relief, giving up two goals in his first 1:34.  He was chased and Pielmeier was put back in for the rest of the game.  He gave up four more to finish with eight goals against.

Newcomer Brett Sutter joined the fun, scoring his first professional goal.  Riley Nash was the only player with two goals.  The only skaters who did not register a point were Casey Borer, Drayson Bowman and Bryan Rodney.

Mike Murphy went the distance in nets for the Checkers.  They’ll be off for the next three days before hosting two games (Friday, Sunday) against the defending Calder Cup champs Hershey Bears.

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Skinner has huge night in Canes romp

In the final game of round robin play in the Traverse City prospects tournament on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes hopefuls soundly thrashed those of the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-1.  Up until now, the Canes had been having a hard time finding the net, but they found it in a big way.  After the first game in which the Hurricanes were beaten by Minnesota 2-1, all of the talk was Jeff Skinner.  Everyone said that he would be a big factor, and he lived up to that talk tonight, contributing one goal and four assists to help the Canes win and take second place in the “Gretzky division”.  Tomorrow, they’ll play the third place game against Tampa, who was the second place team from the “Howe division”.

Mike Murphy went the distance in nets, allowing just the one goal.  This helped him maintain a GAA of 1.0 and he finished the round robin portion with a save percentage of .963.

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Carolina tops Rangers in game two

On Sunday afternoon, the Hurricanes prospects barely squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Rangers prospects in Traverse City at the Prospects tournament.  Zac Dalpe scored the game’s only goal at 19:05 of the third period, assisted by defensemen Michal Jordan and Kyle Lawson. 

Goaltender Mike Murphy made 33 saves, earning the shutout win.  He’s leading all goalies in the tournament with a GAA of 1 and a save percentage of .964.  Murphy is the only goalie to have played two games so far.  It’s a foregone conclusion that he’s got the starting job in Charlotte, and I have to think that we’ll see Troy Passingham in nets on Tuesday against the Columbus prospects. 

The Canes took eight minor penalties and one fighting major in the game, and this is something they’ll have to work on before Tuesday. 

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Baby Canes lose, but G Mike Murphy continues to make a name.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes prospects lost in their final round robin game to the Atlanta Thrashers prospects by the score of 7-3.  The game was virtually meaningless, as Carolina was guaranteed to advance to the championship game no matter what.  On Thursday night, they’ll face the winner of this evening’s game between Minnesota’s and St. Louis’ prospect squads.

Mike Murphy, who was the winner in the first two games, started the game and gave up two goals through two periods.  Alain Valiquette started the third period and had a brutal time, surrendering five goals in the last period.  Earlier today, NHL.com ran a nice article about Murphy

Zach Boychuk and Matt Kennedy each scored for the third time in three games.  Depending on which account is accurate, either Harrison Reed or defenseman Michal Jordan scored the Canes’ other goal.

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