Hurricanes

Canes host Toronto Monday in final home game before All-Star break

Posted January 24, 2011

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to continue their recent track record of success against Toronto when they host the Maple Leafs Monday at RBC Center.

The Hurricanes posted a 4-3 victory in Toronto on Dec. 28, giving them four straight wins in this series. Carolina has also taken five of six and eight of 10 overall from the Leafs, who have dropped four out of six in Raleigh.

Carolina captain Eric Staal recorded a pair of goals in the December meeting and the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native is a big reason the 'Canes have gotten the better of the Leafs in recent years. He has 12 goals and 26 points in 23 career games against Toronto.

The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four games, however, and are coming off Saturday's close regulation loss in Pittsburgh. Pascal Dupuis' short-handed goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Penguins held on to beat Carolina, 3-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Dupuis had given the Penguins a 3-0 lead at the 7:28 mark of the third period, but the Hurricanes got goals from Sergei Samsonov and Staal. Samsonov spoiled Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid at 15:35, then Staal pumped in a rebound of a Joe Corvo shot to draw Carolina within one with 57.8 seconds remaining and goaltender Cam Ward on the bench.

The Hurricanes pulled Ward again, but couldn't net the equalizer. Ward stopped 28 shots for Carolina, which has dropped four of six.

"We didn't get enough (pucks) to the net and I thought we missed the net on some of our better opportunities," said Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.

Carolina has won four of its last five home games and is 12-8-2 as the host this season.

Toronto was victimized by Alex Ovechkin in its most recent loss on Saturday, as the Capitals superstar recorded a hat trick in Washington's 4-1 win at Air Canada Centre.

Tim Brent posted the lone goal for Toronto, which has lost four of its last five and has surrendered 20 goals over that span. Jean-Sebastien Giguere surrendered three goals on 30 shots on Saturday.

Toronto is playing the first of two straight as the guest tonight and will try to avoid a third straight road loss. The Maple Leafs are 9-12-1 away from home on the year.

3 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • StunGunn Jan 24, 8:18 p.m.

    It's all tied up now, but I'm hoping the Canes pull out the win. Go Canes!!!

  • tdd Jan 24, 1:41 p.m.

    GO CANES!!!!!Big win tonight

  • Paul M Jan 24, 11:48 a.m.

    GOOOOOOO WINGS

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
NCCU
DELST
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
SYR
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MIN
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
ORL
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
PHI
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
BOS
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
DEN
7:00pm Tonight
AMER
ARMY
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
CLST
 
7:00pm Tonight
NCCU
DELST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PBY
HIGH
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
DET
WRST
 
7:30pm Tonight
NCAT
COPST
 
7:30pm Tonight
SCST
HAMP
 
7:30pm Tonight
COOK
HOW
 
7:30pm Tonight
NWST
NICST
 
8:00pm Tonight
NO
CARK
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAMP
GWEBB
 
8:00pm Tonight
FAM
MDES
 
8:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
MCNST
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAV
NORST
 
8:00pm Tonight
ABCHRIST
SHSU
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
STEPH
 
8:00pm Tonight
SELA
TAMCC
 
8:05pm Tonight
VALPO
UWMIL
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAAM
ALCOR
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAST
SOUTH
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARKPB
PVU
 
9:00pm Tonight
ISU
TEX
9:00pm Tonight
MVSU
TXSOU