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Toronto at Carolina

Hurricanes outgun Kessel to edge Leafs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Paul Maurice was able to breathe a little sigh of relief after the Carolina Hurricanes played their best game of the week Sunday.

"I'm just trying to get on the plane [for Monday night's game at Philadelphia]," the beleaguered coach said with a wry smile after a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist, and Jay Harrison and Jussi Jokinen also scored as the Hurricanes broke a two-game streak of shutouts and won for only the second time in nine games.

They found their offense against Toronto, with captain Eric Staal contributing a pair of assists. Cam Ward had 23 saves for Carolina, which peppered Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens with 41 shots.

"This is big," Staal said. "No one likes the situation we're in and no one likes to lose. It was nice to have the same type of effort we had against Buffalo [in Friday's 1-0 loss], and we were rewarded with some goals."

Phil Kessel scored both goals for the Leafs, giving him an NHL-leading 16 goals and 29 points this season.

Carolina has won 12 of the last 17 meetings with Toronto.

"We scored with plenty of time left," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We had our chances but couldn't find a way to finish."

Carolina led 1-0 after the first period after outshooting the Leafs 10-4, then 2-0 after tying its season high with 19 shots in the second.

"We knew we played a good, solid game the way we wanted to but you have to have something good come from that," said Maurice. "Everybody was understanding and playing the same game."

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Harrison gave Carolina the lead with 29 seconds left in the first period, picking up a loose puck at the top of the left circle on a rebound of a Skinner shot and blasting it past Scrivens to the glove side. The goal ended a scoring drought of nearly 155 minutes.

Jokinen made it 2-0 on the power play at 7:05 of the second, throwing the puck at the net from the right circle and getting a lucky ricochet off the skate of Luke Schenn. Justin Faulk had the primary assist for his first NHL point on the goal, which snapped Carolina's 0-for-23 slump on the power play.

Kessel cut it to 2-1 on a 4-on-3 at 4:31 of the third, picking up the loose puck on the left doorstep and slamming it home with Dion Phaneuf on the primary assist.

The Hurricanes got the clincher on a rush with just under 7 minutes to go when Skinner followed a rebound of a Staal shot and slid it in on the glove side.

"Everyone wants to win, and the biggest pressure is the pressure you put on yourselves," Skinner said. "Especially when you've been going through what we've gone through the last few games. It's not fun."

Kessel scored his second on a 6-on-5 with a minute remaining, with John-Michael Liles getting the assist.

Notes

  • Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice was the Leafs' head coach from 2006-08.
  • Leafs LW Clarke MacArthur (upper body) and RW Mike Brown (undisclosed) each missed his third straight game.
  • Carolina D Joni Pitkanen (lower body) missed his fourth straight.
  • Hurricanes D Tomas Kaberle played for Toronto from 1998-2011, while teammates C Tim Brent, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, C Jiri Tlusty and D Jay Harrison are also former Leafs.
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Jeff Skinner scores and adds an assist to help the Hurricanes rediscover their offense and edge the Leafs. (Getty Images)
Jeff Skinner scores and adds an assist to help the Hurricanes rediscover their offense and edge the Leafs. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (11-8-2)0022
Carolina  (7-11-3) «1113
Three Stars
J. Skinner
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Staal
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Faulk
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
19:31 - Jay Harrison (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Skinner, Staal
2ND PERIOD
07:05Power Play - Jussi Jokinen (4), Tip-In. Assist: Faulk, Ponikarovsky
3RD PERIOD
04:31Power Play - Phil Kessel (15), Tip-In. Assist: Lupul, Phaneuf
13:08 - Jeff Skinner (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal, Allen
19:00 - Phil Kessel (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Liles, Connolly
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:46Phaneuf, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
05:06Frattin, 2 min, Hooking
07:54Sutter, 2 min, Roughing
07:54Kessel, 2 min, Hooking
13:24Gunnarsson, 2 min, Slashing
14:10Ruutu, 2 min, Slashing
19:21Bozak, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
03:08Colborne, 2 min, Slashing
03:08LaRose, 2 min, Cross-Checking
04:06Ponikarovsky, 2 min, Elbowing
16:24Kessel, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
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TOR571325
CAR10191241
 
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