NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Toronto |
(Tuesday, January 9th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to pick up his 20th
win of the season, as the Carolina Hurricanes upended the Toronto Maple Leafs,
4-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Ray Whitney and Cory Stillman notched two assists apiece for the Hurricanes,
who have won two in a row following a three-game losing streak. Scott Walker,
Eric Belanger, Eric Staal and Justin Williams lit the lamp for the defending
Stanley Cup champions.
Bryan McCabe picked up the lone goal and Andrew Raycroft made 25 saves for the
Maple Leafs, who have dropped two straight and seven of 10.
The Leafs got on the board with 4:36 left in the first, as McCabe corralled a
loose puck, and hammered a shot from the low slot which rippled the net just
below the crossbar on the far side.
Raycroft stood tall on a two-man disadvantage shortly thereafter, making four
superb stops to keep the Canes off the board. He would make 10 saves in all as
Toronto took a 1-0 lead to intermission.
Badly outplayed throughout the first period, Carolina flexed some scoring
muscle to open up a two-goal lead in the middle stanza.
Walker would break through 1:51 into the second, batting home a puck out of
mid-air just below the crossbar. Belanger's tip from the slot exactly one
minute later on the power play gave the defending champs a 2-1 lead, and Staal
added another man-advantage goal from the edge of the crease at the 18:17
"I think our power-play is what really capitalized the game for us," said
Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour. "We shut them down, we were able
to get pucks to the net consistently. We have a lot of home games coming up,
we've had a few key injuries, we're gonna get them back soon, and we're gonna
make run for it (the Cup)."
Toronto put 10 shots on Ward in the third period, and buzzed around Carolina
for long stretches, but last year's playoff MVP held fast until Williams hit
the clincher into the empty net with 16 seconds to go.
"It's never a good thing to be in the box a lot," said Leafs forward Boyd
Devereaux. "That can be a momentum zapper. But you can build momentum yourself
if you keep them off the scoreboard. They scored and got the momentum. They
got a jump on us and put the game away early."
The Hurricanes improved to 12-15-4 against the Maple Leafs since their 1997
move from Hartford...Leafs defenseman Ian White left the game late in the
second period when he fell into the end boards face-first when trying to hit a
Carolina forward and suffered an apparent left shoulder injury...Toronto has
been outscored 55-41 in the third...Carolina has won five games this season
when trailing after one period.
01/09 22:51:09 ET