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Skinner does it again as 'Canes beat Leafs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Skinner does it again as 'Canes beat Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Carolina Hurricanes 6
Jeff Skinner continues to play well beyond his years for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Monday night, the 18-year-old scored his 18th goal of the season, the game-winner in Carolina's 6-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the RBC Center. He says he was fortunate the puck came to him. Those who've seen him play up close know better.

"He's just a special player," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

Brandon Sutter scored twice in the third period for Carolina, which blew a two-goal lead in the third but held off Toronto to record 13 points in eight January home games. The victory at the RBC Center, the site of this weekend's All-Star Game, was the 1,000th in the history of the Hartford-Carolina franchise.

The Hurricanes improved to 16-0-0 when holding the lead after two periods. They are 7-0-1 when Sutter scores and 13-2 when Skinner scores.

Skinner found the back of the net after a slap shot by Joe Corvo deflected off Toronto's Luke Schenn on a power play. Skinner one-timed the puck past Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a 5-3 lead with 8:58 remaining.

"He's certainly in the right spots," defenseman Jay Harrison said. "He has a terrific nose for the net, and he's not afraid to get the dirty goals. He's working for them. That's what's most impressive to me, to see a young man come in and do that and not be intimidated."

Skinner credited his teammates with keeping the focus in a wild third period. The Hurricanes took a 3-1 lead that disappeared quickly.

"It's definitely not the way we drew it up," Skinner said. "It was kind of a weird game. When you find a way to win, it's always good."

Tim Brent scored two third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who got within 5-4 on Mike Brown's power-play tally with 5:45 to go. Erik Cole's empty-netter in the final minute sealed the victory for Carolina.

"It's disappointing," Toronto's Dion Phaneuf said. "We fought back, gave ourselves a chance to win the game and then they come back and bang, bang. We had a lot of fight in us tonight to come back, but it's still disappointing to lose those points that are right there for us."

Brent's goals tied the score at three early in the third period. He scored first on a backhander over Ward's left shoulder then added a shorthanded goal with 15:31 remaining.

Brent took a long slap pass Dion Phaneuf and came in on the right side. He faked a shot and Ward lunged, and Brent put the puck into an open net from a wide angle for the tie.

Jamie McBain of Carolina broke a 1-1 tie with a long slap shot midway through the second period. His shot deflected off defenseman Mike Komisarek's stick and over the right shoulder of Giguere.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:16
CAR
PPG - Joe Corvo (7) Tip-in - ASST: Joni Pitkanen (18), Tuomo Ruutu (28)
1 - 0 CAR
19:51
TOR
Tomas Kaberle (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Phil Kessel (15), Joey Crabb (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:16
CAR
Jamie McBain (3) Slapshot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (24)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
01:49
CAR
Brandon Sutter (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Ian White (11), Zach Boychuk (3)
3 - 1 CAR
03:18
TOR
Tim Brent (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Luke Schenn (8), Francois Beauchemin (10)
3 - 2 CAR
04:29
TOR
SHG - Tim Brent (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (10), Mike Brown (3)
3 - 3 Tie
08:55
CAR
Brandon Sutter (10) Snap shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (25)
4 - 3 CAR
11:02
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (18) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (18), Eric Staal (26)
5 - 3 CAR
14:15
TOR
PPG - Mike Brown (2) Tip-in - ASST: Tim Brent (4), Carl Gunnarsson (5)
5 - 4 CAR
19:13
CAR
EN - Erik Cole (13) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 4 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:39
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Tripping against  Jeff Skinner
11:21
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Sutter
12:19
CAR
Chad LaRose  Fighting (maj) against  Clarke MacArthur
12:19
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Fighting (maj) against  Chad LaRose
16:51
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Nikolai Kulemin
20:00
CAR
Tim Gleason  Game misconduct against  Nikolai Kulemin
20:00
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
20:00
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Nikolai Kulemin
20:00
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Nikolai Kulemin
20:00
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
2nd Period
02:58
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hooking against  Chad LaRose
05:22
CAR
Ian White  Hooking against  Phil Kessel
15:25
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Holding against  Clarke MacArthur
16:00
CAR
Erik Cole  Interference against  Kris Versteeg
19:16
TOR
Colby Armstrong  Hooking against  Ian White
3rd Period
03:42
TOR
Joey Crabb  Hooking against  Tuomo Ruutu
09:53
TOR
Fredrik Sjostrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
12:21
CAR
Jay Harrison  Slashing against  Mikhail Grabovski
14:41
TOR
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding against  Brandon Sutter
16:26
TOR
Francois Beauchemin  Tripping against  Erik Cole
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 27TOI: 59:12
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 2
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
21-15-5
SA: 30TOI: 59:56
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 2