NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina |
(Thursday, February 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Darcy Tucker scored 2:18 into overtime to lift
the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC
Bryan McCabe also scored and Mikael Tellqvist made 34 saves, helping the Maple
Leafs improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven road games.
Tellqvist, a third-string goaltender, is now 4-0-2 this season. Two of his
wins have come against Carolina.
"It's always nice to be undefeated," Tellqvist said. "I just try to come up
here and work as hard as possible every time I get a chance to play. I'm the
No. 3 guy in this rotation. I need to keep working so maybe one day I can be a
Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for Carolina, which is 1-4-2-1 in its last eight
With Toronto leading 1-0 in the third period, the Hurricanes tied the score
midway through the stanza. On a four-on-four, Sean Hill took a pass from Bret
Hedican, broke down the left side of the offensive zone and attempted a cross-
ice pass to Pavel Brendl.
Toronto's Tomas Kaberle was back-checking on the play and sprawled to the ice
to break up the pass. As a result, his stick knocked the puck past Tellqvist
and into the net.
Hill was credited with the goal, his eighth of the year. He now has five
points in his last six games and 14 points in his last 17 games.
In overtime, Drake Berehowsky sent a pass into the crease for a crashing
Tucker, who knocked it past Weekes.
Tucker's goal was his 18th of the season and second game-winning goal.
"I didn't even see it go into the net," Tucker said. "We've been preaching
that a lot the last few games, to try to get the puck to the net and go there
and get some chances."
Owen Nolan was registered an assist on the play.
"We went out with a mission to try and control the puck and control the play,"
Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette said. "We were just not able to be
opportunistic on any of the chances we got."
Toronto's Alexander Mogilny returned to action for the Leafs after going down
in November with a hip injury that required surgery. He had one shot on goal
in just over 13 minutes of ice time.
The Leafs improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven games.
Toronto's first-period goal came on the power play. Joe Nieuwendyk sent a pass
from the right corner cross-ice to McCabe, who wristed home the shot over the
glove side of Weekes from the left circle.
Ken Klee also recorded an assist on the goal, which came 7:49 into the contest
and was set up when Hill sent off for slashing Mikael Renberg.
Toronto played its fourth straight game without starting goaltender Ed
Belfour, who has a sore back. He could return as early as this Saturday for
the Leafs' game against Montreal.
This was just Tellqvist's sixth start this season. He has appeared in 11
career games and has never recorded a shutout. He was also in net for
Toronto's 8-4 win on Monday at Pittsburgh...Mogilny has five goals and seven
assists in 16 games this season...Carolina outshot Toronto 35-22.
02/20 00:06:02 ET