NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Carolina
(Thursday, February 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Darcy Tucker scored 2:18 into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
Bryan McCabe also scored and Mikael Tellqvist made 34 saves, helping the Maple Leafs improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven road games.
Tellqvist, a third-string goaltender, is now 4-0-2 this season. Two of his wins have come against Carolina.
"It's always nice to be undefeated," Tellqvist said. "I just try to come up here and work as hard as possible every time I get a chance to play. I'm the No. 3 guy in this rotation. I need to keep working so maybe one day I can be a No. 1."
Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for Carolina, which is 1-4-2-1 in its last eight games overall.
With Toronto leading 1-0 in the third period, the Hurricanes tied the score midway through the stanza. On a four-on-four, Sean Hill took a pass from Bret Hedican, broke down the left side of the offensive zone and attempted a cross- ice pass to Pavel Brendl.
Toronto's Tomas Kaberle was back-checking on the play and sprawled to the ice to break up the pass. As a result, his stick knocked the puck past Tellqvist and into the net.
Hill was credited with the goal, his eighth of the year. He now has five points in his last six games and 14 points in his last 17 games.
In overtime, Drake Berehowsky sent a pass into the crease for a crashing Tucker, who knocked it past Weekes.
Tucker's goal was his 18th of the season and second game-winning goal.
"I didn't even see it go into the net," Tucker said. "We've been preaching that a lot the last few games, to try to get the puck to the net and go there and get some chances."
Owen Nolan was registered an assist on the play.
"We went out with a mission to try and control the puck and control the play," Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette said. "We were just not able to be opportunistic on any of the chances we got."
Toronto's Alexander Mogilny returned to action for the Leafs after going down in November with a hip injury that required surgery. He had one shot on goal in just over 13 minutes of ice time.
The Leafs improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven games.
Toronto's first-period goal came on the power play. Joe Nieuwendyk sent a pass from the right corner cross-ice to McCabe, who wristed home the shot over the glove side of Weekes from the left circle.
Ken Klee also recorded an assist on the goal, which came 7:49 into the contest and was set up when Hill sent off for slashing Mikael Renberg.
Toronto played its fourth straight game without starting goaltender Ed Belfour, who has a sore back. He could return as early as this Saturday for the Leafs' game against Montreal.
This was just Tellqvist's sixth start this season. He has appeared in 11 career games and has never recorded a shutout. He was also in net for Toronto's 8-4 win on Monday at Pittsburgh...Mogilny has five goals and seven assists in 16 games this season...Carolina outshot Toronto 35-22.
02/20 00:06:02 ET