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Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Eric Staal
Eric Staal
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:20
Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:35
Zac Dalpe
Zac Dalpe
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 11:39

Tracking the Storm: Analysis

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Carolina Hurricanes needed something big to happen. And it did via the team’s biggest leader – the Captain. Eric Staal scored a breakaway goal – his first goal in 10 games and first point in six – to bring the Canes within a goal. Then, his line scrummed in front of James Reimer, and Zac Dalpe roofed a rebound to tie the game. Finally, in overtime, Staal scored with a one-timer on a power play. He was involved in three of the four Hurricanes’ scoring plays in what was a huge night for No. 12. “Just getting the first one was nice,” Staal said with a sigh of relief. After Staal scored to bring the Canes within a goal, the near-sellout crowd at the RBC Center was buzzing. The team fed off that energy and put in their best shifts of the game leading up to the Dalpe goal. Speaking of Dalpe – he had a goal, an assist, a skate blade fall off and a high stick in the face. Busy night for the 22-year-old. “When the pucks are around the net like that, you get hungry,” Dalpe said about his first goal of the season. Tonight’s win is the third in a row for the Hurricanes at home. Despite the team’s up-and-down tendencies, they’ve seemed to have found a groove at home. “The third period was a big one for us to stay with it and battle through it and find a way to win. That was a great team effort tonight,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “The next challenge is to play the same type of tempo game on the road.”

Muller also credited the leaders on the team for tonight’s win – Staal, Brandon Sutter and Cam Ward specifically. After a flat second period and down two goals early in the third, leadership by example was exactly what the Canes needed. “When your leaders play like that and lead by example, there’s nothing better,” Muller said. “I just thought Staal was the best player on the ice tonight, and there were a lot of people in the room happy for him.”

Staal said he talked with his brother Jordan after the Canes’ 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. That conversation inspired the Captain tonight. “[We talked about] how I score some pretty ugly goals … shooting from everywhere and you get a bounce and a break and you start feeling good. He was the first one to tell me to start shooting,” Staal said. “I talked to him on the way to the rink tonight, and I said I’d be firing it from all angles and see what happens.” That’s what Staal did tonight, and it worked. A game like this is one that can easily bust a guy out of a slump, especially when the goals he scored were so impactful in the game.

Recap (Associated Press)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - In the midst of a frustrating season in which little of what Eric Staal tried has worked, the Carolina captain leaned on his younger brother for advice after the Hurricanes faced Jordan Staal and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Employing an aggressive approach, Eric Staal scored two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, including the winner 3:09 into overtime that gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 comeback win.

Jordan had reminded him about all the ugly goals Eric had scored over the years.

"He was the first one last night to say, `Just start shooting. Start shooting from everywhere. Make it ugly,"' Eric Staal said. "I talked to him on the way to the rink, and said, `I'll be firing it from all angles, and we'll see what happens."'

Staal also added an assist and had a team-high five shots as the Hurricanes won their third straight game at home for the first time since March. Staal hadn't scored since Dec. 6 and didn't have a point in his last seven games.

"That is a big load off of him," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "I know it is just one game, but that is a huge game mentally for him."

Zac Dalpe and Brandon Sutter had the Hurricanes' other goals. Cam Ward made 21 saves for Carolina, which rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period.

Nikolai Kulemin, Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri had Toronto's goals.

Two days after allowing three goals on eight shots in a 5-3 loss to Florida, James Reimer made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs. Reimer entered with a 3-0 record against Carolina and had allowed only two goals to the Hurricanes in his career.

But he couldn't prevent the Maple Leafs from coughing up a 3-1 lead with a little more than 10 minutes left.

"Obviously, we wanted to win that one," Reimer said. "We set ourselves up to win, but we made a couple mistakes that cost us."

Staal scored the deciding goal while Tim Connolly was in the penalty box following a tripping penalty. Staal fired a one-timer from the right circle past Reimer's shoulder to end it.

"I think that's a puck that I want to stop at least most of the time, but good for him. He's a good player," Reimer said. "He's got a good shot. At least we got the point."

That put the finishing touch on one of Carolina's most exciting victories of the season.

With the score tied 1-1 midway through the third period, Toronto's Darryl Boyce nudged the puck at Ward's left pad after taking a pass on the rush. Carolina's Alexei Ponikarovsky didn't wrap up Kulemin in front, allowing the Maple Leafs forward to tap in the rebound for his fourth goal.

Lupul made it 3-1 less than 3 minutes later when he deflected a shot from the point past Ward at the end of a Maple Leafs power play.

The Hurricanes responded quickly.

Staal beat Reimer between the pads during a breakaway 40 seconds after Lupul's goal, and Dalpe tied it when he finished off a scramble in front. That goal came a little more than 2 minutes after Staal brought Carolina within one.

"At least we got the point, but I'm not happy," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "I'm disappointed in the way that once we got a lead our mental approach wasn't right."

NOTES: It was the second NHL assist for Bowman. ... After being short-handed only five times in five home games, Carolina killed all seven Toronto power plays. ... The Maple Leafs and Hurricanes split their two previous meetings this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
Brandon Sutter (8) ASST: Drayson Bowman (1)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
Nazem Kadri (3) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (8)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
Nikolay Kulemin (4) ASST: Darryl Boyce (1), Mikhail Grabovski (9)
2 - 1 TOR
Joffrey Lupul (17) ASST: Phil Kessel (23), Tyler Bozak (18)
3 - 1 TOR
Eric Staal (8) ASST: Zac Dalpe (1), Jiri Tlusty (6)
3 - 2 TOR
Zac Dalpe (1) ASST: Jiri Tlusty (7), Eric Staal (14)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
PPG - Eric Staal (9) ASST: Justin Faulk (5), Jamie McBain (12)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
Matt Frattin  Interference against  Jaroslav Spacek
Jiri Tlusty  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
Tim Gleason  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
Zac Dalpe  Interference against  Nazem Kadri
Keith Aulie  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Jiri Tlusty  Hi stick - double minor against  David Steckel
Clarke MacArthur  Interference against  Jussi Jokinen
3rd Period
Bryan Allen  Slashing against  Joey Crabb
Anthony Stewart  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
Tim Connolly  Tripping against  Brandon Sutter
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 34TOI: 62:57
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 24TOI: 63:09
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0