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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Toronto

(Tuesday, January 12th)

Final Score: Carolina 4, Toronto 2

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Patrick Dwyer scored the game-winning goal late in the third period, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre.

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won three in a row for the first time since March 18 - April 7 of last season. Ray Whitney and Brandon Sutter also lit the lamp for Carolina, which got three assists from Joni Pitkanen.

Cam Ward made 38 saves for the victors.

"It's a confidence booster for our hockey team. Wins have been hard to come by this year," Ward said of the team's three-game winning streak.

Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak had one goal apiece for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight and six of seven overall. Jonas Gustavsson turned aside 14-of-17 shots in defeat.

"I think we played a good game but once again we don't have those bounces with us. We had a post just a couple of seconds before they scored their (winning) goal. So that's the way it is now. We've just got work even harder the whole team and start winning," Gustavsson said.

With the score tied, 2-2, the Hurricanes lit the lamp with 4:26 left in the third to go in front. Pitkanen's shot from the left point deflected off Dwyer's stick and got past Gustavsson.

A Whitney hooking call put the Maple Leafs on the power play with 3:09 remaining. After killing off the penalty, Whitney scored an empty-net goal to seal the victory for Carolina.

Carolina drew first blood at the 10:09 mark of the first period on Staal's power-play goal. Staal's backhander in front of the net went through Gustavsson's legs.

The Maple Leafs deadlocked the tilt with 3:08 remaining. Stempniak fired a shot on net from between the circles, which set up a rebound for John Mitchell. Ward also stopped Mitchell's shot, but Stempniak was there to knock home the second rebound.

Kulemin's score just 51 seconds into the second gave Toronto a 2-1 edge. Kulemin split a pair of defenders near the right circle before firing a wrister past Ward.

Sutter jammed home a rebound at the 6:52 mark to tie the game at two.

Game Notes

Curtis Joseph announced his retirement from hockey after 19 seasons on Tuesday. Joseph, 42, retires as a member of the Maple Leafs, whom he led to the Eastern Conference Finals twice during his first stint in Toronto from 1998 to 2002. He also spent last season with the club and in his time with the Leafs compiled a 138-91-27-1 mark in 270 games...The Hurricanes improved to 4-14-4 as the guest this year...Carolina leads the season series with the Maple Leafs, 2-1. The Hurricanes have taken three straight and four of their last five encounters in Toronto...The Hurricanes were without forwards Sergei Samsonov (upper body), Erik Cole (upper body) and Chad LaRose (lower body).

01/13 00:06:36 ET

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