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Murphy Sidelined with Concussion

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan Murphy has been sidelined with a concussion, according to Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters.

Murphy left Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period, after he was boarded by Ryan White. It was a heavy and penalized check, and though Murphy would play a shift afterwards, he then left and did not return with what was ruled an upper-body injury.

Peters said after the game that he believed it to be a shoulder injury but confirmed today that it was indeed a concussion.

“He’ll go through the protocol starting tomorrow, and we’ll just take it day-by-day,” he said.

The Hurricanes have six healthy defensemen on their roster, with Michal Jordan having sat out as a healthy extra in the team’s last two games.

“We’re banged up in our organization the back-end,” Peters said. “We’re not going to call anybody up until we need to. We’ve got six capable bodies, and we’ll play them.”

Following Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Peters said that he felt like his team’s transition game sagged after Murphy left the game. So, what now is the message to his group of six?

“I think it will be easier in the fact that there will be six D. We looked at the minutes for Justin Faulk after two (periods), and it was at 14 or 15. Then, after three, it was 28, so he played 12-plus minutes in the third, which is a lot of hockey. That’s more than every other shift. Half the period. I think that impacted our ability to go back fast, execute quick and join the rush to be active as D,” Peters said. “Now, we’ve got six D. All three sets play, and all are capable of moving the puck and joining the rush.”

Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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