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It has been five weeks since the Carolina Hurricanes posted back-to-back wins. They couldn’t have done it in more dramatic fashion than Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Down 2-0 and having to kill off a penalty in the closing stages of the game, what appeared to be a sure-fire loss turned into a heart-pounding 3-2 overtime victory on the heels of a shootout win at
A dismal December has now turned into a month in which double-digit points is a good possibility.
Cory Stillman, who injured his ankle and knee against the Flyers and was initially earmarked for a week of recovery, returned in 48 hours as the hero, scoring with 1:25 left to get the Canes going, then stripped Alexei Ponikarovsky from behind in the Carolina zone with John Grahame pulled for an extra attacker. Seconds later, Ray Whitney tied it with a rifle shot from a sharp angle to send the home crowd into a frenzy and the game into overtime. .
From that point, it was all
Staal and Stillman each have a team-leading 17 goals while Whitney added his 15th.
“The momentum of a goal turned it around,” Stillman said. “We’ve always said that. When we get excited about scoring goals you can see what happens.”
Stillman said he was determined to play, especially since captain Rod Brind’Amour was sidelined with the flu.
“In my mind I was ready to play, I wanted to play,” said Stillman, who missed the first three games of the season after an auto accident. “We had another guy go out and obviously everybody wants to be the difference in the game.”
The Hurricanes won for the first time in nine tries this season when trailing after the first period.
“We’ve got to give all the credit to the team physicians,” Whitney joked when asked about Stillman’s quick return from injury. “Whenever we can get the crowd here at the
Vesa Toskala was 0-3 in his career against
“The one that got us on the board was just a simple shot from the point and Stiller was in front for the rebound,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “We were able to get some life. The bench gets life, the building comes alive and all of the sudden there is energy out there.”
After a strong start, the Canes mustered just seven shots over a 34-minute stretch entering the third period.
The Canes fell behind 1-0 late in the first period after failing on a two-man advantage over 46 seconds, allowing a
“If you look at the standings it’s getting tight, so teams who get on a winning streak can get some separation,” Whitney said.