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Hurricanes
33-33-16

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game recap

Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Skinner
1st
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:39
Eric Staal
2nd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:19
Justin Faulk
3rd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:41

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - 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."

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:31
CAR
Jay Harrison (2) ASST: Jeff Skinner (12), Eric Staal (5)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
07:05
CAR
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (4) ASST: Justin Faulk (1), Alexei Ponikarovsky (2)
2 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
04:31
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (15) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (15), Dion Phaneuf (13)
2 - 1 CAR
13:08
CAR
Jeff Skinner (8) ASST: Eric Staal (6), Bryan Allen (4)
3 - 1 CAR
19:00
TOR
Phil Kessel (16) ASST: John-Michael Liles (9), Tim Connolly (5)
3 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
08:46
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
2nd Period
05:06
TOR
Matt Frattin  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
07:54
TOR
Phil Kessel  Hooking against  Brandon Sutter
07:54
CAR
Brandon Sutter  Roughing against  Phil Kessel
13:24
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Slashing against  Eric Staal
14:10
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Slashing against  John-Michael Liles
19:21
TOR
Tyler Bozak  Hi-sticking against  Jiri Tlusty
3rd Period
03:08
CAR
Chad LaRose  Cross checking against  Joe Colborne
03:08
TOR
Joe Colborne  Slashing against  Chad LaRose
04:06
CAR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Elbowing against  Joffrey Lupul
16:24
TOR
Phil Kessel  Slashing against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
2-4-1
SA: 41TOI: 58:54
Saves: 38EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .920SH: 3 - 3