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Carolina Hurricanes 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Carolina Hurricanes 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 FINAL
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) _ Ron Francis never thought he'd be in the company of Maurice ``The Rocket'' Richard.

Francis scored his 545th goal, surpassing Richard for 20th place on the NHL's career list, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.

``When you hear your name mentioned with `The Rocket' that's awfully special,'' Francis said. ``I never thought I'd be in that position. It's quite an honor to pass him.''

The 40-year-old said he would give the puck to his father, who attended the game. Francis is from Ontario.

``I've always considered myself more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, and when a playmaker hears his name mentioned alongside Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard, that's extremely special for me,'' he said.

Francis, standing alone at the side of the net, gave Carolina the lead at 4:47 of the third period after Jeff O'Neill's shot hit off the end boards and deflected to him.

``It's a special moment for Ronnie. You couldn't be more happy for a guy that's done so much for this organization and the game,'' Carolina's Erik Cole said. ``He's showed me how to be a true professional. It's great for him. When we jumped over the boards I saw him go grab the puck. That's going to be a nice keepsake for him.''

Cole also scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have won just two of their last 10 games.

Carolina went 2-for-3 on the power play after entering the game in a 0-for-11 slump. The Hurricanes have the worst ranked power-play team in the NHL.

Toronto went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

``We never put any good pressure on them,'' Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. ``We have to get better.''

Leafs backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made his third straight start in place of the injured Ed Belfour. Tellqvist lost for the first time this season, but he continues to make a strong case to remain the backup when Belfour returns.

Belfour has missed nine of the last 10 games because of a back injury. Regular backup Trevor Kidd is 1-3-1 while allowing 22 goals in his last five starts.

Tellqvist made 27 saves. He stopped Cole on a breakaway in the third period.

``We can't blame it on him. He had an excellent game,'' Sundin said. ``It could have been 3-1 after that breakaway. He gave us a chance, and that's all you can ask.''

Carolina's Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots. Weekes shut out the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 27.

Toronto's Bryan McCabe knocked Pavel Brendl out of the game with a crushing hip check late in the second period. Brendl took a while before getting up.

``He's got a collarbone injury. It's pretty substantial,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. ``He's going to miss some time. He's got big collarbone problems.''

Earlier in the period, Toronto's Bryan Marchment sent O'Neill to the ice with a hip check.

Moments later, Toronto's Nik Antropov hit the goalpost on a 2-on-1.

A few minutes after that, Antropov gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal. Toronto's Alexei Ponikarovsky skated in on a partial breakaway before putting a shot on Weekes. Weekes lost the puck under his pads before Antropov pushed it across the line.

Cole tipped Sean Hill's shot from the blueline, tying it on the power play late in the second period.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
SHG - Nik Antropov (9) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (14), Tomas Kaberle (22)
1 - 0 TOR
PPG - Erik Cole (12) ASST: Sean Hill (18), Justin Williams (23)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Ron Francis (9) ASST: Jeff O'Neill (20), Allan Rourke (1)
2 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
Allan Rourke  Interference against  Nik Antropov
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Owen Nolan
2nd Period
Erik Cole  Tripping against  Joe Nieuwendyk
Thomas Fitzgerald  Closing hand on puck
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Jeff O'Neill
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Roughing against  Bret Hedican
Bret Hedican  Roughing against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
Bret Hedican  Charging against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
3rd Period
Bryan Marchment  Clipping against  Rod Brind'Amour
Justin Williams  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mikael Tellqvist
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Tomas Kaberle
Darcy Tucker  Roughing against  Justin Williams
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Marchment
Bryan McCabe  Gross misconduct
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
Kevin Weekes
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 2 - 3
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 29TOI: 58:33
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
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