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
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.
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
01/31 22:20:02 ET