NHL Update: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-4

(0) (0)
Posted By: 


Ice Hockey News
  • NHL Update: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-4

NHL Update: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-4

Brandon Sutter lit the lamp twice and Jeff Skinner recorded the game-winning goal, as Carolina Hurricanes held on for a 6-4 victory over slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, at RBC Centre on Monday night.

Joe Corvo scored a goal and had an assist for Carolina, which had lost four of six coming into the contest. Cam Ward was solid between the pipes, turning aside 26-of-30 shots in his side’s win. Jamie McBain and Erik Cole each also notched a goal for the winners.

Tim Brent found the net twice and picked up an assist for Toronto, which has lost five of six play-offs. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was dented for five goals on 27 shots in the losing effort. Mike Brown tallied a goal and earned an assist in the loss. Tomas Kaberle also added a goal for Toronto.

"We took some penalties that seemed kind of borderline," said Tim Brent. "It kind of killed our momentum when that happens. We didn't give it and can take some positives out of this. But at the end of the day we didn't get the two points."

Carolina got on the board first on a power-play just after the midway mark of the opening period, as Corvo fired a shot from the right boards into the net for 1-0 lead.

However, Maple Leafs pulled even at 1-1 with nine seconds to play in the first stanza, as Kaberle ripped a slow backhand shot in the slot that trickled into the net with a scramble in front.

Hurricanes scored the lone goal in the second period for 2-1 lead with nearly nine minutes left, as McBain got the loose puck and banged a slap shot from the right point into the left corner of the net.

Holding a one-goal advantage in the final period, Carolina gained a two-goal edge 3-1 just two minutes into the period when Sutter notched his ninth goal of the season.

Brent, though, pulled Toronto within a goal to make it 3-2 game with 3 ½ minutes left in the final session, as he ripped a backhander from the left circle into the net.

Brent struck again nearly one minute later to tie the game at 3-3 with a shorthanded goal. He skated on a breakaway and deked the shot to get the Ward out of position.

However, Sutter netted his second goal of the game to give Carolina 4-3 lead in the ninth minute of the third period. It happened so when a turnover in the neutral zone popped into the Maple Leafs end where Sutter grabbed the puck and knocked it in from the left circle.

Skinner staked Hurricanes to a two goal edge 5-3 on a power-play goal just after the halfway mark of the final period.

“It’s definitely not the way we drew it up,” Skinner said. “It was kind of a weird game. When you find a way to win, it’s always good.”

Maple Leafs again made it a one-goal game 5-4 on the power-play with nearly six minutes left. Brent set up the play and threw a backhand pass to Brown, who stuffed the puck into the net.

In the last minute of the game, Giguere was pulled for an extra Skater, while Cole registered the empty net gaol to account for the final scoring 6-4 and sealed the win.

“It’s disappointing,” Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win the game and then they come back and bang, bang. We had a lot of fight in us tonight to come back, but it’s still disappointing to lose those points that are right there for us.”


Write for Sportqa

Write for Sportqa
Join today and become a Sportqa writer.