NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina|
(Wednesday, March 16th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - James Reimer stopped 36 shots to help the
Toronto Maple Leafs take a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC
Dion Phaneuf had two goals and an assist while Tyler Bozak scored the other
goal for the Maple Leafs, who had dropped four of five coming into the
"All year long I've been saying 'sometimes they go and sometimes they don't,'"
said Phaneuf. "It was nice to get a couple in tonight and help the team take a
big two points."
Chad LaRose scored the lone goal and Cam Ward was tagged for three goals on 19
shots for the Hurricanes, who have now lost five of their last six games.
"We're offensively frustrated out there right now," said Carolina head coach
Paul Maurice. "We have a bunch of chances at the net, but the pucks are
sitting around that crease and we just can't get them in."
The win moved Toronto into 10th place in the Eastern Conference and four
points back of Buffalo for the final playoff spot. Meanwhile, Carolina stayed
in ninth place and is two points behind Buffalo.
Carolina got the initial lead on the power play when a wrister from Brandon
Sutter in the high slot was tipped in by LaRose in front at the 12:24 mark of
However, Toronto tied the game on the power play with 58.9 seconds to play as
Phaneuf's one-timer from the high slot went over Ward.
Skating on the power play in the second, Phaneuf scored his second goal of the
game and seventh of the season on a blast from the top of the right circle
that sailed over Ward's glove with 9:09 to play.
Just 12 seconds later, Toronto took a 3-1 lead as Darryl Boyce skated the puck
into the zone down the left wing and threw it to the front where Bozak
redirected it in.
Reimer made 10 stops in the second period, including several on a late
Carolina power play, to help the Maple Leafs take a two-goal lead into the
Toronto killed an early Carolina power play in the third while Reimer turned
aside 15 shots in the frame.
Toronto plays in Florida on Thursday...The Hurricanes host the Islanders on
Friday...Each team won twice in the season series...Toronto went 2-for-3 on
the power play while Carolina was 1-for-5.
03/16 23:40:17 ET