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Charlotte powers past Griffins

Four power-play goals propels Checkers in Grand Rapids

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 11:51 PM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Charlotte powers past Griffins

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four goals on the power play and a fifth while shorthanded enabled the Charlotte Checkers to claw out of a three-goal hole and claim a 6-4 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

The Checkers’ four power play goals were the most allowed by the Griffins since Nov. 27, 2010, when Grand Rapids earned a 10-8 win at Chicago despite the Wolves’ 5-for-7 performance with the advantage.

The Griffins (1-3-0-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was four minutes old and built a 4-1 advantage just over one minute into the second period. Tomas Tatar stickhandled into the slot and went top-shelf on Justin Peters only 33 seconds into the game, and Louis-Marc Aubry battled for position at the top of the crease during a delayed penalty to tip home Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the point exactly three minutes later.

Grand Rapids-born Drayson Bowman answered on the power play for Charlotte at 9:03, beating Tom McCollum, but Nyquist rounded out the period’s scoring with his third point at 10:15, dangling in the slot before unleashing a shot that bounced off and through Peters.

Francis Pare pushed the Griffins’ lead to three at the 1:04 mark of the second period, scoring from the right circle off a Jeff Hoggan feed to end Peters’ night in favor of former NHL netminder Dan Ellis.

A controversial boarding major to Trevor Parkes, who hit Marc-Andre Gragnani from behind along the right boards, gave the Checkers a five-minute power play at 6:50. After Landon Ferraro and Riley Sheahan had unsuccessful shorthanded scoring chances, a slashing call to Chad Billins with 2:08 left in Parkes’ penalty presented the visitors the 5-on-3 opportunity they used to begin crawling back into the game.

Jerome Samson scored during the 5-on-3 at 10:13, before 5-on-4 tallies by Justin Faulk at 10:45 and Zach Boychuk at 11:26 gave Charlotte three power play goals in a 1:13 span and knotted the game at four goals apiece.

The South Division-leading Checkers (4-1-0-1) took a 5-4 lead on a shorthanded goal at 9:28 of the third. Following a turnover, Chris Terry moved in and took a shot from the top of the left circle that changed direction off a sliding defender and found the top right corner of McCollum’s net. Terry added an empty-netter off another turnover with 1:03 remaining for the final margin.

Ellis earned the win by stopping all 15 shots he faced. McCollum denied 25 of 30 in the loss, while Peters (5 of 9) escaped with a no-decision.

Grand Rapids will try to capture its first home win of the season on Saturday when the Rockford IceHogs pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena.

GAME NOTES: The Griffins fell to 0-5 all time against the Checkers, including 0-3 at Van Andel Arena…Grand Rapids failed in all five power play attempts while the Checkers converted four of their eight tries…The game was televised regionally on Fox Sports Detroit.

THREE STARS: 1. CHA Gragnani (four assists); 2. CHA Faulk (goal, two assists); 3. GR Nyquist (goal, two assists)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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