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Thursday, October 20th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (3-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs shoot for their fourth consecutive victory tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Air Canada Centre.

Since losing their first three games of the season, the Leafs have defeated Philadelphia, Atlanta and Montreal. Last Saturday, Eric Lindros scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner with under eight minutes to play, to lead Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the host Canadiens.

Jason Allison also netted a goal and Alexander Steen contributed two assists in the win.

Ed Belfour stopped 29 of 31 shots to help Toronto avenge last week's 5-4 defeat to the rival Habs.

Lindros seems like the year off did him well, as he leads the Leafs with five goals. His performance as been key since captain and first-line center Mats Sundin went down with a broken orbital bone in the season opener.

Toronto's Jeff O'Neill will face his former club for the first time since signing with his new club after the lockout. O'Neill was selected fifth overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and spent the first nine seasons of his NHL career with the Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise.

The Maple Leafs begin a three-game homestand tonight and will host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Carolina, meanwhile, has won its last two games. On Saturday, Rod Brind'Amour scored twice and Matt Cullen posted a goal and two assists, as the Canes routed New Jersey, 6-1, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Radim Vrbata and Josef Vasicek each recorded a goal and an assist, while Mike Commodore and Oleg Tverdovsky finished with a pair of helpers for the Hurricanes, whose offense erupted for the second straight game. Carolina was coming off last Wednesday's 7-2 trouncing of Washington.

Rookie Cam Ward made 27 saves in net in Saturday's victory.

The Canes will visit Washington on Saturday.

10/20 10:32:28 ET


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