NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Toronto|
(Thursday, March 28th)
Final Score: Toronto 6, Carolina 3
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
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 01:16:03 ET