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Carolina Hurricanes Score Four Unanswered to Defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1

February 5th, 2013 at 8:08 PM
By Chris Warner

The Carolina Hurricanes scored four answered goals to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in the Air Canada Centre last night in the second game of a six-game road trip. Starting goaltender Cam Ward made 41 saves and kept the Hurricanes in the game, while Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Justin Fauk and Patrick Dwyer all scored for the Hurricanes.

The Toronto Maple Leafs got the scoring started early in the first period on a snap shot goal by Matt Frattin. Frattin crashed the net and fired home a rebound from the center of the slot  to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 early lead; the goal was Frattin's fifth of the season and was assisted by Nazem Kadri and Leo Komerov. Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward would keep the team in the game making 17 saves in the first period to keep the score 1-0.

The second period belonged to the Hurricanes, who out shot the Maple Leafs 20-5 in the second period. Jordan Staal got the scoring started for the Hurricanes a mere 1:21 into the second period. After forward Jeff Skinner used his speed to beat out a icing call and pushed the puck into the corner, Patrick Dwyer dug out the puck and found Jordan Staal alone in front of the net to tie the score 1-1. The goal was Jordan Staal's first of the season, and first of the season.

'Eric Staal' photo (c) 2011, Benjamin Reed - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Hurricanes would take a 2-1 lead later in the second period on the powerplay, as captain Eric Staal's attempted centering pass went off a Maple Leaf's skate and into the net. The goal extended Staal's point streak to six games, seven goals and three assists in that span, and was assisted by Jiri Tlusty and Tim Brent. Hurricanes' starting goaltender Cam Ward made five saves on all five shots he faced in the period.

The Carolina Hurricanes would take a 3-1 lead 43 seconds into the third period off Justin Faulk's five-on-three powerplay goal. Faulk took a beautiful centering pass from forward Jeff Skinner and beat Maple Leafs starting goalie James Reimer to make the score 3-1. The goal was Faulk's second of the season and was assisted by Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin. The Hurricanes would tally their final goal 9:58 into the third period when forward Patrick Dwyer scored his third of the season off a quick wrist shot past Reimer; the goal was assisted by Jeff Skinner, his third assist of the game, and  Jordan Staal.

The Carolina Hurricanes take to the ice again Thursday at 7:30 in Ottawa against the Ottawa Senators.   

Tags: alexander semin, Carolina, Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Staal, Hockey, Jordan Staal, Justin Faulk, NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs

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