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by George Malik on 05/01/14 at 10:30 AM ET
The Grand Rapids Griffins weren't able to sweep the Abbotsford Heat last night, but the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Wednesday marked the debut of a new tline consisting of Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Mitchell Callahan--and the trio played like three players battling for NHL employment should play:
The trio accounted for 10 of the Griffins’ 35 shots.
Coach Jeff Blashill was pleased with the quick transition of Sheahan and Jurco.
“I thought both of them played really well,” he said. “I thought they stopped on the puck, played hard, created chances. The puck went in on the power play and I thought a couple of other times it was just one side or the other (when it didn’t).”
With 2:33 left in the first period, all three were on the power play when Sheahan corralled the puck in traffic in front of the net and quckly flipped a pass to Jurco on the right side. He snapped a quick shot past goalie Joni Ortio.
Wallner continues, and Tomas Jurco sounds a little happier about being "stuck" in Grand Rapids than he did when he spoke with the Slovak media (Jurco would've preferred to be allowed to play in the World Championships):
“I was pretty confident out there,” said Jurco, who had 13 goals in 32 regular-season games with the Griffins. “Playing with Sheahan and Calle helped me a lot. We had a great first couple shifts and that helped a lot.”
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