Leafs take down reeling Hurricanes
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Joffrey Lupul scored the game-winning goal with 3:10 left in the third period to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Dion Phaneuf had a goal and two assists while Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Nikolai Kulemin each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won three of their last four.
James Reimer had 19 saves in the win.
"There were parts of our game that we could have been better at, but I think that happens every game," said Reimer. "We just managed to stay focused and stick to our game plan."
Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin each lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have dropped seven straight.
Justin Peters allowed four goals on 34 shots in the setback.
Jordan Staal put Carolina ahead, 3-2, with a wrister 6:55 into the final period, but Toronto scored four unanswered goals.
Phaneuf tied the game with 5:25 remaining in regulation with a slap shot.
Lupul then potted the game-winner 2:15 later. He corralled the puck deep in the Maple Leafs zone before taking it the length of the ice. Lupul, streaking down the left side, cut in front of the goaltender and banged the disc off the right pipe, then backhanded it in before Peters could locate it.
"We got that goal in the third period, we got the lead and unfortunately they got a power play goal," said Peters on how things fell apart after his team took the lead.
Jay McClement and Kulemin added a pair of empty netters to account for the final margin.
Bozak scored 3:58 into the opening period with a snap shot, and Franson's snap shot with 10:57 to go in the second gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 edge, but the Hurricanes added a pair of goals to knot things up.
Eric Staal scored Carolina's first goal with a wrister 11:29 into the middle session, and Semin netted the equalizer moments later on the power play.
Toronto outshout Carolina, 36-22 ... Phil Kessel has 24 assists this season ... The Maple Leafs will travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Saturday ... The Hurricanes, who were 1-for-3 on the power play, will travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Saturday.
03/29 01:16:33 ET