Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a six-game
losing streak, scoring two special-teams goals in a 4-1 win over the red-hot
Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
While Toronto eyed its longest winning streak in more than 11 years, Carolina
jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Chris Terry and
Justin Faulk, who scored while the Hurricanes were short-handed.
Andrej Sekera’s power play tally in the third period restored the two-goal
lead and Cam Ward finished with 25 saves as the Hurricanes ended the 0-6 skid.
Dion Phaneuf scored for the Maple Leafs, who had a six-game winning streak
snapped and lost for just the third time in their last 13 (10-2-1).
They haven’t won seven in a row since an eight-game streak from Nov. 22-Dec.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on 36 shots and had a personal four-game
winning streak stopped.
Terry scored Carolina’s first goal 11:54 into the game on a deflection in the
crease after Eric Staal wheeled around and sent the puck on net from the left
The Hurricanes scored again 1:49 later while Zach Boychuk was off for
interference, taking a 2-0 lead when Faulk finished off Patrick Dwyer’s pass
on a 2-on-2 short-handed rush.
Phaneuf got the Maple Leafs on the board 16:55 into the second period with a
slap shot from above the left circle that beat Ward to the far side.
Sekera restored Carolina’s two-goal lead with 8:55 left in the third period,
whipping a wrist shot past Bernier from the right circle for his first of the
Elias Lindholm added an empty-net goal down the stretch.
Staal and Nathan Gerbe had two assists each … The Maple Leafs got five of
the six wins during their streak at home. They return to Toronto to play
Philadelphia on Saturday before going on a seven-game road trip … The
Hurricanes have a home-and-home against the Rangers this weekend starting
Saturday in New York.