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Carolina at Toronto

Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs' long journey home didn't come with the result they wanted.

Patrick Dwyer scored the winner with just over five minutes remaining, and Eric Staal had two goals in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-3 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night.

Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Phil Kessel scored twice and Mikhail Grabovski added a goal for Toronto. Jonas Gustavsson made 23 saves.

The Maple Leafs (13-18-4) worked hard under tough circumstances after being stuck on a bus in a winter storm Sunday following a victory in New Jersey. The team didn't arrive in Toronto until Tuesday morning.

What was supposed to be a day trip to New Jersey ended up including five hours on a bus Sunday night and five more on the runway Monday. Although they wouldn't admit it, the delays couldn't have helped.

"We looked sharp all game, the guys skated well," said Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson, who made 23 saves in the loss. "[The Hurricanes] looked more tired then we looked most of the time."

Dwyer's goal with 5:11 remaining came off a scramble in front of Gustavsson.

The game began fast and furious with five goals scored in the final 13 minutes. Staal scored twice in the spurt.

"[Staal] in the first period really took it upon himself to make some dominating plays, and he's a guy who's capable of doing that," said Carolina's Cam Ward, who stopped 34 shots.

Kessel also scored twice in the first.

"Kessel had a little bit of jump in his step," Ward said. "When he got that first goal you could tell he was starting to feel a little confidence."

After Skinner made it 1-0 at 7:34, Kessel answered less than five minutes later with a one-timer from the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play.

Staal's first came off a giveaway by John Mitchell in the Hurricanes zone. The Carolina captain stripped the puck from Mitchell and streaked down the wing before cutting in front to beat Gustavsson at 14:08.

Kessel tied it 2-2 with his second of the night 1:22 later. Tyler Bozak stole the puck from defenseman Jay Harrison in the corner. Joey Crabb shoveled it to Kessel for a backhander from the high slot.

Stall added his second goal with 10 seconds left in the period when Sergei Samsonov made some shifty moves before passing to Staal for a one-timer.

Grabovski made it 3-3 on a power play at 8:17 of the second. A tipped point shot fell to Grabovski, who beat Ward.

That was all the Maple Leafs could manage in the second, despite thoroughly outplaying the Hurricanes.

"We were unlucky on a couple of bounces," Gustavsson said. "If we had a lead after two, then maybe we would have won the game. But that's the way it is. We did a good job, and if we play like this then we'll win a lot of games."

After being outshot 25-15 through two periods by Toronto, the third was all Carolina with the tough travel seemingly catching up to the Leafs.

"We had a great second period where we absolutely dominated," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "I think we outchanced them 13-1."

Toronto finished 2 for 8 on the power play. Carolina was 1 for 3.

The game ended with some controversy after Grabovski was sent flying after what appeared to be a slew foot in the Carolina end.

Notes

Toronto D Tomas Kaberle added to his team-leading point total against Carolina. He has 29 points in 40 games. ... Crabb's assist on Kessel's second goal was his first point with the Maple Leafs.

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Scoreboard
Carolina  (16-15-4) «3014
Toronto (13-18-4)2103
Three Stars
C. Ward
CAR


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .919
M. Grabovski
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Staal
CAR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:34 - Jeff Skinner (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jokinen, Ruutu
11:48Power Play - Phil Kessel (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Kaberle, Phaneuf
14:08 - Eric Staal (17), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
15:30 - Phil Kessel (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Crabb, Bozak
19:50Power Play - Eric Staal (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Samsonov, Dwyer
2ND PERIOD
08:17Power Play - Mikhail Grabovski (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Versteeg, Kaberle
3RD PERIOD
14:49 - Patrick Dwyer (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gleason, Boychuk
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:12Staal, 4 min, High-Sticking
11:28Pitkanen, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
17:52Crabb, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
07:39McBain, 2 min, Tripping
09:39Pitkanen, 2 min, Interference
15:45McBain, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
05:38Kaberle, 2 min, Holding
11:46MacArthur, 2 min, Interference
16:15Boychuk, 2 min, Hooking
19:28Staal, 2 min, Cross-Checking
20:00Grabovski, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Grabovski, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
CAR871227
TOR11141237
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cam Ward60:00343
Jonas Gustavsson58:21234
Game Information
Attendance - 19309
Referees - Dave Jackson, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Scott Driscoll
 
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