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Leafs Rebound Vs. 'Canes

Monday, 03.03.2003 / 1:30 PM / News
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Leafs Rebound Vs. \'Canes
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Shayne Corson made up for lost time and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs make up for their worst loss of the season.

A healthy scratch in each of the previous eight games, Corson collected a goal and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes.

Corson lost his spot in the lineup just as Gary Roberts returned from offseason surgery on both shoulders. In his first appearance since February 11, the veteran winger set up Alexander Mogilny's go-ahead goal midway through the second period, then capped the scoring in the third.

"You love to score goals and contribute. It was nice," Corson said. "I want to come back and have a good game, but the main thing is we came back and I came back in the lineup and the team won. That's the most satisfying thing to me."

Nik Antropov setup Alex Mogilny's beauty.
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Defenseman Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won 12 of their last 15 games but were coming off Thursday's 7-2 loss at Detroit.

"The big point was we got back on track tonight after an embarrassing night the other night," McCabe said. "So it's nice to get a big win. We've got a veteran team in here and we try to make a point of bouncing back after a bad loss like the other night."

Josef Vasicek had the lone goal for Carolina, whose latest winless streak reached seven games (0-4-3). The defending Eastern Conference champions have just three victories in their last 30 contests.

"You've got to be professional about it," Hurricanes All-Star right wing Jeff O'Neill said. "Obviously, it's going to be a long summer, but we've got to be professional, come out and work hard and make the most of our opportunities."

Vasicek gave Carolina a 1-0 lead during a two-man advantage at 11:16 of the opening period. Defenseman Sean Hill's one-time blast hit teammate Ryan Bayda in front of the net and squirted to Vasicek, who beat former Hurricanes goaltender Trevor Kidd from a tight angle.

But McCabe ended an 18-game drought 77 seconds into the second period when his one-time slap shot from above the right faceoff circle hit the left goalpost and deflected past goalie Arturs Irbe.

Mogilny put the Maple Leafs in front to stay just under nine minutes later. He avoided a hit in the left circle and a pokecheck by Irbe before sliding in a backhander for his 26th goal.

"Shayne was great tonight. He scored a big goal, he set up Alex's goal," McCabe said. "He played with fire tonight. It was good to see."

Darcy Tucker gave Kidd and Toronto some breathing room at 3:53 of the third period. Alyn McCauley's shot missed the net but caromed off the end boards to Tucker, who tucked the puck inside the left post for his ninth goal.

Corson capped the scoring with his fifth goal of the season and first since February 5, redirecting Tie Domi's pinpoint cross-ice pass.

"He played well tonight," said Kidd, who made 20 saves. "He had a couple of good hits. He played well defensively coming back.

Tie set him up for a nice goal in the third. So if I was him, I might be happy about my game tonight."

Irbe stopped 26 shots but has lost his last five decisions.

Notes: Leafs winger Tom Fitzgerald limped to the dressing room early in the third period with an undisclosed injury ... Corson's return was bad news for winger Jonas Hoglund, who was taken out of the lineup, joining fellow forward Paul Healey and defenceman Ric Jackman as Toronto's healthy scratches ... Hurricanes captain Ron Francis turned 40 Saturday. He's among the five NHLers that are 40 or older along with Mark Messier (42), Igor Larionov (42), Chris Chelios (40) and Adam Oates (40) ... The Hurricanes were missing forwards Rod Brind'Amour (broken wrist), Erik Cole (broken leg) Jaroslav Svoboda (back), Pavel Brendl (knee surgery), Jesse Boulerice (concussion) and Jeff Heerema (broken wrist). With files from CP
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