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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina



(Thursday, January 31st)

Final Score: Carolina 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-winning goal with 1:40 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rebounded from blowing a lead in the final seconds of regulation to best Toronto, 3-2 in sudden death, at RBC Center.

Scott Walker and Tim Gleason each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won their first two games since the All-Star break and four of five overall. Cam Ward made 24 saves in the win for Carolina, and Ray Whitney added a pair of helpers.

Mats Sundin tallied a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who dropped their third straight game. The loss wasted a brilliant performance from goalie Vesa Toskala, who stopped 35 shots in defeat. Jiri Tlusty also scored for Toronto.

On a power play after a Nik Antropov hooking minor with 2:26 left in overtime, Corey Stillman banked the puck off the left-wing boards to Whitney, who hesitated, then slid a pass to a charging Brind'Amour, who one-timed the puck past Toskala for the game-winner.

Toronto got off to a fast start, opening the scoring just 3:20 into the game. Leading a 3-on-2 rush, Sundin dropped a pass into the slot for a charging Tlusty, who blasted a one-timer that flew past Ward to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead.

Neither team managed to put another goal on the board until late in the second, when Gleason kept the puck in at the blue line, wound up and fired a wobbling slap shot through traffic in front of the net that evaded Toskala and knotted up the game with 6:41 to go in the second period.

Gleason then set up the go-ahead goal early in the third period, firing a one- timer from the point that was deflected in by Walker to take the lead 3:29 into the final period. Toskala had lost his stick in a pile of players in front of the net and was out of position to stop Walker's redirection.

Trailing 2-1 with Toskala on the bench in the game's final minute, Darcy Tucker picked up the loose puck along the right-wing boards and fired on the net, where it was redirected by Sundin's skate and past Ward to tie the game with 12 seconds left in regulation.

Game Notes

Carolina begins a five-game road trip Saturday at Pittsburgh...The Maple Leafs return home to face Ottawa Saturday...Sundin's two point night gives him 56 points for the season...Faceoffs were split evenly, with each team winning 35 draws.

01/31 22:20:02 ET


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