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Leafs Can't Avoid Hurricanes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Leafs Can't Avoid Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:39
Eric Staal
Eric Staal
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:19
Justin Faulk
Justin Faulk
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:41

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Paul Maurice was able to breathe a little sigh of relief after the Carolina Hurricanes played their best game of the week Sunday.


35% On face-offs for the Leafs in the loss to the Hurricanes.
15 Goals for the Leafs in eight NHL starts for Ben Scrivens.
29 Points for Phil Kessel this season to lead the NHL.
19 Blocked shots for the Leafs on the night.
12 Wins for the Hurricanes in the last 17 meetings against the Leafs.
``I'm just trying to get on the plane (for Monday night's game at Philadelphia),'' the beleaguered coach said with a wry smile after a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

nJeff Skinner had a goal and an assist, and Jay Harrison and Jussi Jokinen also scored as the Hurricanes broke a two-game streak of shutouts and won for only the second time in nine games.

They found their offence against Toronto, with captain Eric Staal contributing a pair of assists. Cam Ward had 23 saves for Carolina, which peppered Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens with 41 shots.

``This is big,'' Staal said. ``No one likes the situation we're in and no one likes to lose. It was nice to have the same type of effort we had against Buffalo (in Friday's 1-0 loss), and we were rewarded with some goals.''

Phil Kessel scored both goals for the Leafs, giving him an NHL-leading 16 goals and 29 points this season.

Carolina has won 12 of the last 17 meetigs with Toronto.

Ron Wilson on  how defencemen John-Michael Liles and Cody Franson both drove forward only to be caught deep for what became the game-winning goal:
"We had to do that when you're down two but I mean we scored with plenty of time left and we made a mistake by our D, both guys  diving in to give them a breakaway like that. But we had our chances. Just prior to that Timmy Connolly beat the defenceman and almost scored. We had some really good chances and couldn't find a way to get the evener."

``We scored with plenty of time left,'' Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. ``We had our chances but couldn't find a way to finish.''

Carolina led 1-0 after the first period after outshooting the Leafs 10-4, then 2-0 after tying its season high with 19 shots in the second.

``We knew we played a good, solid game the way we wanted to but you have to have something good come from that,'' said Maurice. ``Everybody was understanding and playing the same game.''

Harrison gave Carolina the lead with 29 seconds left in the first period, picking up a loose puck at the top of the left circle on a rebound of a Skinner shot and blasting it past Scrivens to the glove side. The goal ended a scoring drought of nearly 155 minutes.

Jokinen made it 2-0 on the power play at 7:05 of the second, throwing the puck at the net from the right circle and getting a lucky ricochet off the skate of Luke Schenn. Justin Faulk had the primary assist for his first NHL point on the goal, which snapped Carolina's 0-for-23 slump on the power play.

Kessel cut it to 2-1 on a 4-on-3 at 4:31 of the third, picking up the loose puck on the left doorstep and slamming it home with Dion Phaneuf on the primary assist.

The Hurricanes got the clincher on a rush with just under seven minutes to go when Skinner followed a rebound of a Staal shot and slid it in on the glove side.

``Everyone wants to win, and the biggest pressure is the pressure you put on yourselves,'' Skinner said. ``Especially when you've been going through what we've gone through the last few games. It's not fun.''

Kessel scored his second on a six-on-five with a minute remaining, with John-Michael Liles getting the assist.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice was the Leafs' head coach from 2006-08. . Leafs LW Clarke MacArthur (upper body) and RW Mike Brown (undisclosed) each missed his third straight game. . Carolina D Joni Pitkanen (lower body) missed his fourth straight. . Hurricanes D Tomas Kaberle played for Toronto from 1998-2011, while teammates C Tim Brent, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, C Jiri Tlusty and D Jay Harrison are also former Leafs.

Tuesday, November 22
  @ Tampa Bay Lightning
  7:30 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

The Maple Leafs' road trip hits Florida as they take on their third straight Southeast Division opponent, this time the always tough Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay is 6-2-0 this season at home having lost their last home game against New Jersey on Saturday 4-2.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jay Harrison (2) ASST: Jeff Skinner (12), Eric Staal (5)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (4) ASST: Justin Faulk (1), Alexei Ponikarovsky (2)
2 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
PPG - Phil Kessel (15) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (15), Dion Phaneuf (13)
2 - 1 CAR
Jeff Skinner (8) ASST: Eric Staal (6), Bryan Allen (4)
3 - 1 CAR
Phil Kessel (16) ASST: John-Michael Liles (9), Tim Connolly (5)
3 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
2nd Period
Matt Frattin  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
Phil Kessel  Hooking against  Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter  Roughing against  Phil Kessel
Carl Gunnarsson  Slashing against  Eric Staal
Tuomo Ruutu  Slashing against  John-Michael Liles
Tyler Bozak  Hi-sticking against  Jiri Tlusty
3rd Period
Chad LaRose  Cross checking against  Joe Colborne
Joe Colborne  Slashing against  Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Elbowing against  Joffrey Lupul
Phil Kessel  Slashing against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
SA: 41TOI: 58:54
Saves: 38EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .920SH: 3 - 3
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