Carolina Hurricanes

Ryan Murphy assigned to AHL; Tim Gleason ends tryout with Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes put in a Thanksgiving Day practice before leaving Thursday night for Buffalo.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy, who has been sidelined by a concussion, participated in the practice but defenseman Tim Gleason did not.

Gleason, a free agent who the Canes signed to a professional tryout offer, notified the team Thursday he was ending his tryout bid.

“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” general manager Ron Francis said Thursday. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally. We wish Tim and his family nothing but the best.”

Gleason spent much of his career with the Canes, helping them reach the 2009 Eastern Conference finals. He was traded by Carolina to the Washington Capitals last season and appeared in 14 playoff games for the Caps.

Murphy, 22, was assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL later Thursday. He is expected to play for the Checkers on Saturday against Iowa, putting in his first game action since the concussion sustained Nov. 14 against Philadelphia.

The Canes (8-10-4) face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday after a 4-1 victory Wednesday over the Edmonton Oilers. Canes coach Bill Peters said Cam Ward, who had 30 saves in the victory, again would be the starting goalie.

For much of the season, the Canes have talked of needing a good break, the right bounces. They got them against the Oilers.

Canes center Jordan Staal had a shot glance off the skate of Oilers defenseman Griffin Reinhart for a late first-period goal that was an energizer for Carolina.

Carolina’s Jeff Skinner had a Justin Faulk pass go off his skate and into the net.

“It all starts with hard work,” Ward said. “Certainly there have been some bounces and some calls that went against us that probably weren’t very warranted, but you have to put your head down and go to work and earn those opportunities and luck chances, too.

“They’re starting to bounce our way. Hopefully they continue to do that.”

The Canes also held on to the lead. Staal’s goal tied the score 1-1, and goals by Elias Lindholm and then Skinner in the second pushed the Canes’ lead to 3-1.

The Oilers made a push in the third, but the Canes were efficient enough in the defensive zone while Ward confidently patrolled the crease. Andrej Nestrasil, who assisted on Staal’s goal and was effective on the forecheck, had a late empty netter for Carolina and Faulk finished with two assists.

“Guys generated chances because of hard work, because they spent time in the offensive zone,” said Skinner, who scored his fifth goal and could have had others. “Guys were skating. We were moving the puck up quick and getting in their end quickly. It was a fun game.”

Lindholm’s goal came after an explosive burst of speed up the left boards. He carried the puck into the Oilers zone, then beat goalie Anders Nilsson with a five-hole blast on a two-on-one rush with defenseman Brett Pesce.

Lindholm had a hat trick in a five-point game against the Oilers last season in a March game. His goal Wednesday was his third in 22 games this season.

In the past three games, the Canes have beaten the Los Angeles Kings, lost a tough overtime game to the Flyers, then topped the Oilers.

“You have to hate to lose,” Peters said. “Every game is a dogfight. Losing is a disease and winning an unquenchable thirst that you have to have.”

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