Hurricanes defeat Maple Leafs 3-1 in return to Raleigh
Posted February 14, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: Carolina 3, Toronto 1: After the Canes controlled the pace of the third period, the Maple Leafs were unable to fight back and the Hurricanes won 3-1 in their first game back in Raleigh after the long road trip. Joe Corvo, Jussi Jokinen, and Jordan Staal scored the goals for Carolina.
4:51 2nd Period: Carolina 3, Toronto 1: Jordan Staal has added another goal for the Canes and the Carolina offense is firing on all cylinders. Skinner and Jamie McBain assist on Staal's first home goal of the season.
7:02 2nd Period: Carolina 2, Toronto 1: Jussi Jokinen scores his second goal in 2 games on a Hurricane power-play to give the Canes a lead. Skinner and Corvo assisted on the score.
12:09 2nd Period: Carolina 1, Toronto 1: The Maple Leafs answer back about 2 minutes later with a power-play goal from Nazem Kadri. Dion Phaneuf assisted.
13:50 2nd Period: Carolina 1, Toronto 0: The Canes strike first with a short-range goal from Joe Corvo. Eric Staal was credited with the assist.
End 1st Period: Carolina 0, Toronto 0: The Canes and Maple Leafs are scoreless after the 1st in Raleigh. The teams are also even in shots-on-goal, each with 8. Dan Ellis is in goal for Carolina and has made some critical saves early in the game.
After securing nine points on a six-game road trip to move into first place in the Southeast Division, the Carolina Hurricanes return to PNC Arena Thursday for a 7 p.m. tilt against the surging Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Hurricanes downed the Maple Leafs 4-1 in the second game of the 12-day road trip Feb. 4, and Toronto – which sits second in the Northeast Division – hasn't lost since. The Maple Leafs have outscored opponents 17-6 in the last four contests.
On Tuesday, Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of third-period goals to break a tie game, as the Hurricanes stopped the New Jersey Devils' five- game win streak with a 4-2 victory at the Prudential Center. Carolina Hurricanes schedule
Tlusty, who racked up two goals and two assists to spark a final-period rally in Monday's 6-4 triumph over the New York Islanders, netted the eventual game- winner on the power play with 12:35 remaining before adding an empty-netter in the waning seconds to help the Hurricanes close out a successful six-game road trip.
Eric Staal assisted on both of Tlusty's markers and Cam Ward made 26 saves for Carolina, which also received goals from Jussi Jokinen and Patrick Dwyer.
The 4-1-1 stretch outside of Raleigh marked the team's best trip of that length since going 5-1-0 from Feb. 7-March 8, 1998. Carolina will play three of its next four at home where it is 2-2-0 this season.
"It's been a long trip, 12 days, and to finish against the first-place Devils and walk away with two points is a huge confidence-builder to our team," said Ward.
Staal has managed to score all of his eight goals and eight assists during his 10-game points streak, while all five of Tlusty's tallies have come in the last three games.
Because of the long trip, Ward will get a rest Thursday in favor of backup goalie Dan Ellis. The Ontario native is 2-1 on the young season and last played Feb. 2 in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Lines will be shuffled in front as Ellis, as injuries have sidelines Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason. The Hurricanes recalled Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers Thursday morning in preparation for the first game back in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes have won four of five in the series and nine of the last 12 meetings.
Toronto matched its longest winning streak since Jan. 3-10, 2012 on Monday, as Ben Scrivens stopped 32-of-33 shots he faced and Colton Orr netted the game winner to help the Maple Leafs beat Philadelphia, 5-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Scrivens was called upon at the four-minute mark of the second period when starter James Reimer left with a lower-body injury after 12 stops. He allowed just a Tye McGinn marker with 32 seconds left in regulation.
Matt Frattin and Clarke MacArthur also tallied in the deciding frame for the Maple Leafs, who were coming off a 6-0 demolition of the Habs in Montreal. A win on Thursday would give them their first five-game tear since Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2007.
Scrivens will be in net again, as Reimer will be sidelined for a week or so with a strained knee ligament. Toronto will also be without Frattin, who needs a procedure on his surgically repaired knee and be out at least a week.
The Hurricanes would like to repeat their special teams night against Toronto. Carolina was 2-of-4 on the power play and killed off all five man-advantage situations. That is worth note, seeing statistically the Canes rank 19th on the power play and 28th on penalty kill.
The Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from Charlotte, as Joni Pitkanen is out with a ‘lower body’ concern and Tim Gleason is a question mark for tonight’s contest also with a ‘lower body’ ailment. Jordan has scored six goals and earned nine assists in 48 games this season with the Checkers.
Kevin Westgarth will be in the line-up tonight on the fourth line. Westgarth’s presence counters the Toronto heavyweights Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren. The Leafs duo has combined for six fighting majors on the year.
Toronto will be without top goalie James Reimer, who injured his knee in the Leafs win on the 11th over the Flyers, Ben Scrivens will get the start in his place.
In the last two games the line of Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty have combined for six goals, seven assists and staggers +14. Tlusty leads the way with four goals, Staal has three helpers over those two games.
Carolina has three players that have spent time with Toronto, Jiri Tlusty and Jay Harrison were drafted by the Leafs and Tim Brent played there before being signing as a free agent with the Canes. Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller played a season and half in Toronto.
The Canes are making a brief appearance in Raleigh. Carolina hosts Toronto tonight then will have three days off before playing in Montreal on Monday.