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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina



(Thursday, January 9th)

Final Score: Carolina 6, Toronto 1

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Staal posted a goal and three assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists, Zach Boychuk and Jeff Skinner each had a goal and an assist, while John-Michael Liles and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who are in the midst of a season-high five-game winning streak. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in the victory.

"Everyone played really well tonight," said Staal. "We're getting some great saves from the goalies when we need them, and we're sticking with our game and pucks are going in."

Joffrey Lupul had the lone goal of the game for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three straight. James Reimer allowed all six goals on 36 shots in the loss.

"This wasn't the game we wanted to play tonight," said Reimer. "I wanted to hang in there and keep it as close as I could, but they got one early in the second and then another one in the third, that was tough."

Carolina got on the board at 2:33 of the first period, as Brett Sutter's turnaround shot from the right circle hit off a body, but the puck came out to the slot and Boychuk wristed it home for his first of the year.

It was a 2-0 game six minutes later as the Hurricanes scored on the power play when Staal threw a one-timer on net from the left circle that was stopped, but the rebound came out to the right and Skinner slammed it in.

Toronto got one back at 14:14 of the first as Mason Raymond faked going around the net and sent a quick pass out front where Lupul one-timed it home for his 14th of the season.

Carolina, though, got it back at 17:33 as Dwyer wristed the puck past Reimer during a scrum in front for a 3-1 advantage.

The only goal of the second period went to the Hurricanes. On a 3-on-1 break, Boychuk sent a pass from the left wing to the right where Liles one-timed it home for his first of the season at 3:39.

Any thoughts of a comeback for Toronto was killed just 25 seconds into the third, as Staal beat Reimer with a wrister from the right circle on a 2-on-1 break while shorthanded.

Lindholm scored a power-play goal with 1:09 to play to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that Carolina will play its postponed game with Buffalo on Feb. 25. Hazardous weather conditions forced a cancellation of Tuesday's game ... Carolina plays at Columbus on Friday ... Toronto plays in Washington on Friday ... Carolina has taken two of the three games with Toronto this season ... The Hurricanes were 2-for-5 on the power play, while Toronto went 0-for-2.

01/10 00:31:20 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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