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Staals, Skinner lead Canes past Toronto, 4-1

Posted February 4, 2013

FINAL: Canes 4, Toronto 1

Jordan Staal scored his first goal in a Hurricanes uniform, Eric Staal scored a power play goal and Jeff Skinner had three assists as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs Monday night in Toronto, 4-1.

Patrick Dwyer scored his third goal of the season and added an assist. Justin Faulk scored a power play goal on a 5-on-3 advantage early in the third period. Jordan Staal also notched an assist as did Alexander Semin.

Cam Ward made 40 saves to earn his second win of the season.

The Canes are now 4-4-0 on the year and with 8 points, are tied for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Game three of their six-game road trip will be Thursday at Ottawa.

End of 2: Canes 2, Toronto 1

Jordan Staal scored his first goal in a Canes uniform and captain Eric Staal tallied his seventh of the season on the power play as Carolina takes a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Toronto got a second puck past Ward late in the period, but after an extended video review, it was determined to be kicked in.

In the final minute of the period, Jeff Skinner was tripped and nearly earned a penalty shot. Then Jiri Tlusty was tripped and the Canes will start the third on a 5-on-3.

The Canes lead the game in shots 32-23.

End of 1: Toronto 1, Canes 0

Matt Frattin scored at the 5:44 mark of the 1st period to give the Maple Leafs an early 1-0 lead that they maintained and Toronto will take the intermission edge against the Canes.

Kevin Westgarth dropped the gloves with Frazer McLaren in a high-energy fight. It was his first scrap with Carolina since being acquired from Los Angeles.

Cam Ward made 17 saves as the Canes were outshot 18-15.

20:00 1st: Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs

Kevin Westgarth will be back in the lineup for the Carolina Hurricanes Monday skating on the fourth line with newly recalled Tim Wallace and Tim Brent. Joe Corvo will again be a scratch, opening up the starting defenseman spot for Bobby Sanguinetti.

Cam Ward will get the start in net after replacing Dan Ellis just 21 minutes into Saturday's loss at Philadelphia.

PREGAME

There were plenty of things for the Toronto Maple Leafs to work on following a one-goal loss over the weekend. They'll look for a stronger effort on Monday evening as they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eyeing up a third straight win, the Maple Leafs instead dropped a 1-0 decision to Boston, their seventh straight loss against the Bruins, and wasted 33 saves from James Reimer, who saw at least 10 shots in each period. The only one to get by him came in first period, but Toronto's offense failed to do its part. Canes Tracker tn Meet the Carolina Hurricanes

That dealt Reimer his second loss of the campaign despite one of his better efforts.

"James Reimer gave us a chance. That's all you ask of your goaltender and I thought he made some big stops," noted Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

Toronto, though, went 0-for-3 on the power play, including two chances late in the third period. The club has scored just twice in 23 power-play attempts at home this season.

Carlyle cited too many turnovers as one of the problems.

"(The Bruins) did what they had to do to play an effective road game and we didn't do enough of the things that we're capable of to establish a strong home game and 60 minutes," he added.

The Maple Leafs will try to improve on their 1-3-0 home record in the finale of a three-game residency on Monday. Carolina Hurricanes Logo Carolina Hurricanes schedule

For the Hurricanes, they play the second of a six-game road trip and had won three of four heading into the swing's opener on Saturday. They failed to keep the momentum going, falling 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Eric Staal extended his point streak to five straight games with a goal and an assist, notching six tallies and nine points over that span, while Joni Pitkanen and Patrick Dwyer also scored in defeat.
Despite the balanced offense, the 'Canes went 1-for-6 on the power play and allowed the Flyers to score on all three of their chances with the man advantage.

"It's pretty obvious where we need to be stronger and that's special teams," Staal admitted. "Our penalty kill wasn't good enough and our power play wasn't good enough and that's going to win games for you in this league and it did for them tonight."

Coming off a 33-save shutout of Ottawa on Friday, Dan Ellis was pulled against Philadelphia after giving up four goals on 12 shots in just under 21 minutes of action. No. 1 Cam Ward made 11 saves in relief.

The Hurricanes are 8-2-1 in their last 11 versus the Maple Leafs, winning six of the past eight in Toronto.

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  • Hokies94 Feb 5, 7:24 p.m.

    Cam's 40 saves saved them in this one. I just caught this a few minutes ago.

  • evadbbat Feb 4, 10:00 p.m.

    Do not like the Leafs, good job Canes!

  • Hokies94 Feb 4, 9:55 p.m.

    This score is pretty huge for this team. A win is all that matters.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 4, 7:41 p.m.

    If they could find the net as easily as they do the penalty box, they might win a few games.

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 4, 5:34 p.m.

    Canes have had the Maple Leafs number over the last few years, I hope they can get it done.

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UNC 28
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MICH 11
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MSST 45
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ORST 14
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ODU 51
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UNLV 20
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ARZ 59
 
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WYO 31
 
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LSU 10
MISS 7
 
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TENN 20
ALA 34
 
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AUB 42
SCAR 35
 
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PSU 14
OSU 17
 
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UTAH 10
USC 14
 
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WASH 0
ARST 0
 
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR 1
BOS 4
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NYI 7
DAL 5
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PHI 4
DET 2
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NJD 3
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MON 3
NYR 1
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STL 3
CHI 2
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PIT 3
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MIN 7
TAM 2
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FLA 1
 
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WAS 2
 
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SAVST 14