NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina
(Sunday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Mikael Tellqvist stopped 24-of-25 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Mats Sundin and Ken Klee netted the Toronto goals and Alexander Mogilny assisted on both, as the Maple Leafs responded to a humiliating 7-1 home loss Saturday to Philadelphia with a very respectable defensive performance. Klee contributed an assist.
Ron Francis scored the only goal for Carolina and Jamie Storr stopped 16-of-18 shots, as the Hurricanes lost their third straight game.
The Hurricanes cut the Toronto lead to 2-1 on the power play when Wade Belak was sent off for slashing. From the right point Rod Brind'Amour found Erik Cole with a pass on the right doorstep of the crease. Cole redirected the pass in front over to Francis, who had snuck in alone squarely in front of the crease, and Francis didn't miss the open net.
It was the first Carolina power play goal of the year by someone not named Josef Vasicek.
Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, a double-minor for high sticking to Kevyn Adams at the 16:49 mark virtually wiped out any chance Carolina had of forcing overtime.
Toronto jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on first period goals by Sundin and Klee. Sundin scored his second goal of the year on a 2-on-1 with Mogilny. With Sundin on the left side, Sean Hill tried to take away the pass from Mogilny, but the Russian was still able to slide the puck through and Sundin found the back of the net 1:05 into the game.
Klee's goal came on a 5-on-3 power play at 4:43. Mogilny skated out from the goal line extended and fed Klee at the top of the right face-off circle. Klee ripped a one-time slapshot past Storr on the glove side for the two-goal lead.
This was Adams' 300th career NHL game...Toronto center Joe Nieuwendyk missed the game with back spasms...Toronto returns home for a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. The Hurricanes have three more games on their current homestand and are 1-2-1 at the RBC Center. The Leafs are 4-2-1 away from home...Carolina's Jeff O'Neill and rookie center Eric Staal had five-game point streaks snapped...The Maple Leafs are also 6-2-2 in their last 10 trips to Carolina...Carolina was 1-for-5 on the power play and Toronto was 1-for-8.
11/02 21:01:10 ET