NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Toronto
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Kevin Weekes made 32 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, leading the Carolina Hurricanes over Toronto, 2-0, at Air Canada Centre.
Weekes turned aside 10 shots in the first period and stopped 11 in both the second and third for his 19th career shutout, but it was opportunistic goals from Erik Cole and Josef Vasicek that led to the Hurricanes snapping a two- game slide.
"[Coach Peter Laviolette] asked us before the game to play a good road game," said Weekes.
The game remained scoreless for more than 28 minutes until Cole's shorthanded tally at 8:29 of the second period gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
Bret Hedican made a nice play to set up the goal, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and banking it off the boards on a clearing attempt.
Cole then beat a pair of Maple Leafs to the Toronto blue line and skated in alone on Ed Belfour, beating him with a strong wrister high to the glove side.
The Maple Leafs had a two-man advantage minutes after that, but were unable to beat Weekes. Toronto finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
"We killed our own penalties," said Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn about his team's power-play effort. "We were not good. We stood around on the outside and they didn't give us any set up time."
The Maple Leafs gave away any hope of tying the game late in the third period when a costly turnover deep in their own territory led directly to Vasicek's 14th goal.
Tomas Kaberle was playing the puck near the boards and looked for teammate Bryan McCabe in front of Belfour. But his pass badly missed the mark and found Vasicek near the left circle, and Vasicek made no mistake with a wide-open shot at Belfour.
Belfour, who stopped all seven shots he faced in the first period, turned aside 17 of the 19 Carolina tries in the game as Toronto had its three-game winning streak snapped.
The Maple Leafs remained tied with Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference lead at 65 points...Carolina won for just the second time in six games (2-4-0) and picked up its first win against Toronto in the last seven meetings (1-5-1)...The Hurricanes were 0-for-3 on the power play...Hedican has just one goal and two assists in his last 23 games.
01/28 00:11:55 ET