Carolina at Toronto

Maple Leafs rout Hurricanes to boost playoff chances


TORONTO -- Mats Sundin just hopes it's not too late.

Chad Kilger scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs helped their playoff chances with a 6-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Leafs have won a season-high six straight at the Air Canada Centre after going 12-14-5 at home.

"You're not going to make the playoffs if you're below .500 at home," said Sundin, Toronto's captain. "Hopefully, it's not too late. Hopefully, we can keep going like this."

Boyd Devereaux, Pavel Kubina, Yanic Perreault and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who tied Stanley Cup champion Carolina in points (84).

The Hurricanes fell behind Montreal for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 6-4 Tuesday to get to 86 points, two ahead of the Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and the Islanders.

"We're a tough team to play against and if we keep doing that the next six games we're going to give ourselves a good chance," Sundin said.

Kilger also said the difference is their play at home.

"We've been playing much better at home. We're healthy and we haven't been that in a couple of months," Kilger said.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward scored on himself. Last year's playoff MVP was replaced after allowing five goals on 19 shots. He knocked in Toronto's second goal with his own stick, and looked bad on Toronto's other goals.

Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who have six games left.

"We just got beat in every way," Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore, who added they're not feeling the pressure of defending their championship.

"We're not thinking we got to make the playoffs because we're the defending champions. We want to make the playoffs because that's what we're supposed to do. We weren't expected to miss the playoffs."

Toronto's forwards looked much quicker than Carolina's.

Devereaux scored just 43 seconds into the game.

Staal tied it at 2:13 of the first, but Kubina's shot went off a Carolina defenseman before a diving Ward knocked the puck into his own net at 14:31 of the first.

Kilger's wrist shot easily beat Ward at 17:48 of the first, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead. Kilger knocked in a rebound at 7:17 of the second after Toronto skated in on a 2-on-1.

Perreault scored to make it 5-1 at 11:18 of the second. Some fans left early with the game in hand, a rare sight in Toronto.


  • Toronto is 3-1 against Carolina this season.
  • The Leafs also have six games left.
  • Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley didn't play in the third after injuring his leg.
  • Perreault's goal was the 500th point of his career.
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Yanic Perreault beats Cam Ward with this shot for his 23rd goal of the season. (Getty Images)
Yanic Perreault beats Cam Ward with this shot for his 23rd goal of the season. (Getty Images)
Carolina (38-30-8)1001
Toronto  (37-29-10) «3216
Three Stars
T. Kaberle

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
C. Kilger

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Y. Perreault

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
00:43Boyd Devereaux (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexander Steen, Matt Stajan
02:13Eric Staal (30), Wrist Shot - Assists: Erik Cole, Frantisek Kaberle
14:31Pavel Kubina (7), Tip-In - Unassisted.
17:48Chad Kilger (12), Slap Shot - Assist: Tomas Kaberle
07:17Chad Kilger (13), Wrist Shot - Assists: John Pohl, Yanic Perreault
11:18Yanic Perreault (23), Wrist Shot - Assists: Hal Gill, Ian White
05:21Alexei Ponikarovsky (19), Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
07:30Wesley: Interference - 2 min.
01:08Steen: Holding - 2 min.
03:44Commodore: Interference - 2 min.
13:57McCabe: Delay of Game - 2 min.
01:17Colaiacovo: Holding the stick - 2 min.
14:47Kaberle: Hooking - 2 min.
John Grahame28:39121
Cam Ward31:18145
Andrew Raycroft60:00261
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Referees - Dan Marouelli, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll
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