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Game Review: Toronto 6, Carolina 0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Toronto 2 2 2--6

Carolina 0 0 0--0

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Wed Nov 3 23:45:05 1999) -- Curtis Joseph grabbed a share of the league lead with his third shutout and Mike Johnson and Jonas Hoglund each scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-0, for their fifth straight win.

Mats Sundin returned to the lineup and contributed his 300th NHL goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs ran off their league-best 10th win (10-3-1). He missed eight games with a fractured right ankle.

Joseph stopped 24 shots for his 25th career shutout. He also blanked Boston on October 4 and Dallas three weeks later and is tied with Philadelphia's John Vanbiesbrouck for the league lead.

"I got lucky a few times," Joseph said. "There was a little pinball action and they just hit me."

Carolina's best scoring chance came early in the third period, when Ron Francis' one-timer from the slot glaced off Joseph's left shoulder.

Johnson put Toronto on the board at 6:51 of the first period when he gathered a loose puck off the end boards and banked it off goaltender Eric Fichaud for the only goal Joseph needed.

"I don't think Eric played very well," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "But I don't think he was far away from anyone else."

Johnson gave the Leafs a two-goal cushion 22 seconds later when he slid a rebound just inside the right goalpost for his seventh goal of the season.

"It was a rebound that just hit me and I looked down and it was there," he said. "It was a lucky goal."

Sundin's milestone tally came nine minutes into the second period when he finished off a give-and-go with Hoglund, extending the Leafs' lead to 3-0.

With Toronto shorthanded late in the second period, Hoglund took a pass from Sundin on the right boards and fought off a check from defenseman Glen Wesley before skating in and beating Fichaud for a four-goal cushion.

After defenseman Tomas Kaberle's goal put Toronto up by five, Hoglund capped the scoring with just under six minutes remaining when he found a loose puck in the low slot and backhanded it through Fichaud's pads with three seconds left. He has eight goals this season after scoring eight in 74 games for Montreal last season.

Fichaud, Toronto's first-round pick in the 1994 draft, made 19 saves as the Hurricanes fell to 0-2 at the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena. They were beaten by New Jersey, 4-2, on October 29.

"We can't afford to get into a situation where we're pressing to win to put people in the seats," Maurice said. "We just have to worry about doing our jobs."

----------------------------- Toronto              2 2 2--6 Carolina             0 0 0--0 ----------------------------- FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Toronto, Johnson 6 (Perreault), 6:51. 2,Toronto, Johnson 7 (Markov, Khristich), 7:13. Penalties: Di Yushkevich,Tor (holding,  major, misconduct, gross misconduct,holding match, gamemisconduct), 7:55.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Toronto, Sundin 4 (Hoglund, Thomas), 9:00.4, Toronto, Hoglund 7 (shorthanded) (Sundin), 19:57. Penalties: B Berard,Tor (roughing), 5:46; Manderville, Car (roughing), 5:46; Wesley, Car(slashing), 9:54; Kaberle, Tor (interference), 12:22; Kaberle, Tor(closing hand on puck), 19:41.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Toronto, Kaberle 4 (Korolev, Di Yushkevich),11:43. 6, Toronto, Hoglund 8 (Kaberle, Thomas), 14:03. Penalties: Francis,Car (slashing), 4:12; Cross, Tor (roughing), 7:53; Oneill, Car (boarding),12:00; Johnson, Tor (roughing), 19:28; Gelinas, Car (roughing), 19:28.Shots on goal:--------------------------------- Toronto               8 11  7--26Carolina              9 10  5--24--------------------------------- Power-play Conversions: Tor - 0 of 3, Car - 0 of 4.  Goalies: Toronto,Joseph (24 shots, 24 saves; record: 8-2-1). Carolina, Fichaud (26, 20;record: 2-2-0).  A:15,961.  Referee: Roberts. Linesmen: Nowak, M Pare.
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