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"Junior" Canes to play for Championship at Traverse City - Update

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Prospect Mike Murphy gets a few pointers from Carolina Hurricanes coach Tom Barrasso while at conditioning camp in Raleigh, NC. (photo from LTD's site)

The prospects of the Carolina Hurricanes lost to Atlanta, 7-3, in their third game of the Traverse City Tournament yesterday afternoon, but had already earned a spot in the tournament's championship game to be played tonight at 6:30.  The Canes will bring their 2-1 record into the final contest against Minnesota, who beat Columbus but lost in shootouts to Dallas and St. Louis. 

According to Pointstreak, the Canes fell behind early again 2-0, attempted to make comeback, but fell apart in the third period.  Alain Valiquette took the loss after replacing Mike Murphy in the third period.  The backup was thrown into a hornet's nest and allowed 4 goals on 13 shots.   The Thrashers added an empty netter as they had a total of five tallies in the final period. 

Kyle Hanlin has a nice review of the game at CH.com.

(UPDATE)- Jim Rutherford's latest impression of  the prospects and other tournament news.  CH.com.

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The prospects are getting plenty of notice:

NHL.com's Mike Morreale has an article about Mike Murphy

Brandon Sutter is blogging on NHL.com.

Traverse City Storm Warning on NHL.com

Craig Custance lists the top five players in Traverse City who are ready for the NHL.  Brandon Sutter is numero uno.

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We will be using this location as the ongoing "Live Game Thread" during the championship game.  I'll be looking for more updates during the day and will update this article if I see anything of value.