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Maple Leafs 4, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Maple Leafs 4, Hurricanes 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Nik Antropov is out to prove the Toronto Maple Leafs can score - and win - without their injured stars.

Antropov scored two goals in the third period to lead Toronto to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

"You can see the last few games, everybody was kind of scoring - young guys take it on their shoulders, and older guys step up and everybody played equal," Antropov said. "Now you have to win all of them (to make the playoffs), so that's what we're trying to do."

Bates Battaglia also scored, Tomas Kaberle had an empty-net goal and an assist, and Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs - who were missing forwards Michael Peca and Darcy Tucker. They entered two points behind a pack of three teams vying for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto kept the Hurricanes scoreless in the final two periods, held a 38-29 shots advantage, outhit Carolina 51-35, and was clearly the more physical team in winning for the fourth time in five games.

"Physically, we were good," said Toronto coach Paul Maurice, who formerly coached Carolina. "We hit hard tonight and often. That was a big difference for us. We need to do that. One of our assets is that we have actually quite a big team, especially on the wings."

Ray Whitney scored and Cam Ward stopped 34 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of five.

Ward was pulled for an extra attacker with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Hurricanes couldn't get anything going against Raycroft.

"We talked about the third period being a period where we couldn't make mistakes, you couldn't overextend your shifts, you couldn't get caught in a bad line change," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "We had a breakdown defensively right off the bat, and then from there they kept coming."

Antropov put Toronto ahead for good 37 seconds into the third period. Kaberle started the sequence with a slap shot from the point that was stopped by Ward. Mats Sundin took the rebound and snapped it to Antropov, who backhanded the puck past the diving goalie to make it 2-1.

"The net was wide open, so it was kind of easy to get," Antropov said.

Antropov scored again with about 4 minutes left. He took the puck behind the net, made a move on Scott Walker and tucked the puck off the back of Ward's left skate.

"That really put a nail in it," Laviolette said.

Battaglia put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 with 6 minutes remaining in the first period when he tipped in the rebound of John Pohl's one-timer from the left circle for his first goal in five games.

Whitney tied it 2 minutes later when he took a pass from Dennis Seidenberg, maneuvered through Toronto's defensemen and stuffed the puck between Raycroft's pads for his 21st goal.

But it came on just the Hurricanes' fourth shot.

"They were pinching on both sides, and I guess we had problems getting the puck out of the zone, and we had too many turnovers," Seidenberg said.

At one point, the Maple Leafs outshot Carolina 10-1, and they dodged trouble when Eric Belanger missed a penalty shot.

"It was a tough first when we're putting lots of pucks at the net," Raycroft said. "You definitely want to make that save right there because you don't want to go down 1-0 right away."

Belanger, awarded the attempt when he was brought down on a breakaway by Carlo Colaiacovo, faked a slap shot from the slot but missed the net with a wrister. That left the Hurricanes scoreless on three penalty-shot tries this season.

Notes: Carolina LW Erik Cole (lower-body contusion) didn't play. ... C Boyd Devereaux and D Brendan Bell were scratched for Toronto. ... Hurricanes D Niclas Wallin returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. ... Whitney has goals in three straight home games and leads the team with 58 points. ... The Maple Leafs hold a 2-1 series lead, winning twice in Raleigh.

scoring summary
1st Period
Bates Battaglia (8) ASST: John Pohl (10), Ian White (17)
1 - 0 TOR
Ray Whitney (21) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (5), Rod Brind'Amour (41)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
Nik Antropov (7) ASST: Mats Sundin (25), Tomas Kaberle (33)
2 - 1 TOR
Nik Antropov (8) ASST: Bryan McCabe (28)
3 - 1 TOR
EN - Tomas Kaberle (9) ASST: Chad Kilger (10), Bates Battaglia (13)
4 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Glen Wesley  Holding against  John Pohl
Kris Newbury  Hi-sticking against  Mike Commodore
Craig Adams  Boarding against  Carlo Colaiacovo
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Wade Belak
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Craig Adams
2nd Period
Kris Newbury  Tripping against  Eric Staal
Niclas Wallin  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
3rd Period
Glen Wesley  Holding against  John Pohl
David Tanabe  Fighting (maj) against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Fighting (maj) against  David Tanabe
Pavel Kubina  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 29TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 37TOI: 57:55
Saves: 34EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
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