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game recap

Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Of all the impressive numbers put up so far by the Carolina Hurricanes, the one that makes coach Peter Laviolette happiest is a zero.

Erik Cole scored the winner with 1:34 left in regulation, Eric Staal regained sole possession of the NHL scoring lead and the Hurricanes stayed unbeaten at home with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Staal had two goals and an assist to move in front of Ottawa teammates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson with 25 points in 12 games. Cole added an assist as Carolina improved to 6-0 at home and extended the best start in franchise history.

"We're trying to hold on to that zero as long as we can," Laviolette said. "We've got to fight for that."

Staal nearly had his second hat trick in three games with an empty-net goal in the final seconds, but Cole was called for diving moments earlier.

No matter. The Hurricanes (9-2-1) have earned at least one point in nine games in a row and spoiled the "homecoming" of Toronto's Jeff O'Neill. He played the previous seven seasons with Carolina - plus two in Hartford before the team moved south - and finished with only one shot in 16 minutes of ice time in his return.

O'Neill left without speaking with reporters. Alexander Steen had a pair of goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who lost for the third time in four games. Matt Stajan had a goal and an assist.

"We can't win games like that at the end, and if we think we can, we're fooling ourselves," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "In the last 10 minutes, they didn't pick anything up, we just gave them a lot of room. Our forwards didn't much in the offensive zone except get caught."

Toronto took a 3-2 lead early in the third period on Steen's second goal, set up beautifully by Jason Allison. He brought the puck from behind the net and fought off a double-team by Cole and Bret Hedican to feed Steen, and his quick shot beat Cam Ward.

The Hurricanes are used to playing from behind, however. In their previous four victories, they trailed by two goals at various point, so the smaller deficit proved to be no problem. Staal tied it by stuffing in a rebound after Cole redirected Whitney's shot, gliding in from the blue to give Carolina its second power-play goal.

"I'm not thinking to much now," Staal said. "That's the key. Don't think, just play. That's what my linemates are telling me, anyway."

The first power-play goal came on a two-man advantage in the second period to break a 1-1 tie. Whitney, who now has points in each of his six games this season, tried to pass across the crease to Cory Stillman, but Aki Berg blocked it right back to him with his skate.

This time, Whitney put the puck on goal and it squirted by Ed Belfour to give the Hurricanes a rare second-period advantage.

"They do have a good skating hockey club," Toronto center Eric Lindros said. "And we did have a lead. We can't play pingpong with that team. We didn't do a good job in that regard."

The Maple Leafs made it 3-3 with a short-handed goal. Steen sneaked by Staal to take a pass right in front of Cam Ward, and knocked it in.

Notes: Toronto captain Mats Sundin traveled with the team to Raleigh but didn't dress a day after returning to the ice for practice. After taking a puck to the eye on opening night, he missed his 12th game Thursday night. Sundin hopes to return this weekend. ... Carolina D Aaron Ward took a hard hit from Lindros in the final seconds and left the ice slowly. Lindros received a major penalty for boarding.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:29
TOR
Matt Stajan (3) ASST: Ken Klee (3), Alexander Steen (5)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
03:25
CAR
Eric Staal (10) ASST: Erik Cole (5)
1 - 1 Tie
14:00
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (3) ASST: Eric Staal (14), Matt Cullen (4)
2 - 1 CAR
17:49
TOR
SHG - Alexander Steen (4) ASST: Matt Stajan (4), Ken Klee (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:59
TOR
Alexander Steen (5) ASST: Jason Allison (10), Matt Stajan (5)
3 - 2 TOR
03:57
CAR
PPG - Eric Staal (11) ASST: Erik Cole (6), Ray Whitney (9)
3 - 3 Tie
18:26
CAR
Erik Cole (5) ASST: Cory Stillman (10)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:02
TOR
Jason Allison  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
05:02
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
08:16
CAR
Erik Cole  Interference against  Jeff O'Neill
14:07
CAR
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Tie Domi
19:49
CAR
Erik Cole  Diving against  Bryan McCabe
19:49
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Holding against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
04:02
CAR
Justin Williams  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Ed Belfour
05:06
CAR
Aaron Ward  Hooking against  Kyle Wellwood
12:40
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
13:15
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Interference against  Erik Cole
16:25
TOR
Tie Domi  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
3rd Period
03:01
TOR
Clarke Wilm  Holding the stick against  Josef Vasicek
06:52
CAR
Glen Wesley  Tripping against  Matt Stajan
11:00
TOR
Ken Klee  Holding against  Josef Vasicek
19:41
CAR
Erik Cole  Diving
19:52
TOR
Eric Lindros  Boarding against  Aaron Ward
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 35TOI: 59:09
Saves: 31EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 1