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HURRICANES SLOWED BY MAPLE LEAFS, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH (JAN. 31, 2001)—The Carolina Hurricanes lost a hard-fought game, 4-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Entertainment and Sports Entertainment Arena. Hurricanes wingman Jeff O’Neill scored two goals for the third straight game but O’Neill’s efforts weren’t enough to earn Carolina two points in the standings.

The Arena was filled with jeers from the 11,581-person crowd on at least three occasions on what they believed were missed calls. The Hurricanes shared their fans disgruntled attitude toward the officials.

“Because of the way our season ended last year, we’re probably a little more sensitive of how these things are happening,” said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. “Especially when we are talking about the same thing – we’re talking about three tripping calls that resulted in two goals against.”

Jonas Hoglund scored the Maple Leafs’ game-winning goal at 10:32 of the third period after Glen Wesley lost control of the puck. Wesley said an official told him that tripping was not called because Wesley stepped on his opponent’s stick.

“He said that I stepped on his stick. I had full control of the puck heading up the ice,” said Wesley. “If I had been able to turn around and step on his stick it would have been a different story, but I’ve got complete control of the puck and I get tripped in the corner and they got a great scoring opportunity out of it. I don’t want to talk about it because the calls should have been made and obviously there weren’t so, it’s something that we’ve got to let go of as a group and move on. It’s frustrating because we worked hard put ourselves in position to come back in the game, we did and there were some calls that weren’t made. It’s disappointing.”

“I thought all three were questionable – easily questionable,” said Maurice. “In the second period. You have a little faith there that that’s going to even itself out, especially after Wesley doesn’t get a call in the trip, and then they get a great scoring chance. You figure, you absolutely missed it, go get the next one for sure. And then you’re left shaking your head.”

The Leafs scored at 11:32 of the first period when right wing Tie Domi hit captain Mats Sundin cutting through the slot. Sundin beat Irbe high on the glove side for his 18th goal of the season. Alexei Ponikarovsky earned the second assist on the goal.

The Hurricanes tied the game at 1-1 following a Toronto power play. Just 19 seconds after a two-minute interference penalty to Kevin Hatcher expired Marek Malik fired a slapshot from just inside the blue line that found the upper right corner of the cage.

Center Rod Brind’Amour earned his ninth assist in seven games with his pass to Malik. Brind’Amour’s streak ties O’Neill’s seven-game point streak for team record this season. Brind’Amour has had one goal and nine assists since Carolina’s 4-2 win against Boston on Jan. 18.

Likewise, Brind’Amour’s linemate, Martin Gelinas has scored points in seven straight games. Gelinas earned the second assist on Malik’s goal and has three goals and five assists since Jan. 18.

Carolina took a 2-1 lead when winger Jeff O’Neill netted his fifth goal in three games at 6:47 of the second period. Again, Joseph was beaten by a slapshot that found the high right corner of the goal.

O’Neill found the net again at 15:31 of the third period when captain Ron Francis found him cutting through the slot. The goal broke the franchise record for most goals in a calendar month. Kevin Dineen (Jan. 1989) and Mike Rogers (Dec. 1980) held the record that had stood since the franchise’s second season in Hartford. O’Neill has now scored 27 goals this season, eclipsing his previous season-high 25 with 32 regular season games remaining.

“The one goal, I just tried to shoot it firm and it was kind of a riser that took him off-guard a little bit,” siad O’Neill. “The second play was part of the Ronnie Francis series from behind the net. I didn’t even get a lot of hit on it, it just kind of squeaked through his legs. I’m just disappointed that we could have won and didn’t. There’s no time to think about it. We’ve got to win tomorrow night.”

The Leafs tied the game 2-2 when left wing Sergei Berezin found the net at 16:07 of the second period. Mats Sundin earned his second point on the night with the pass to Berezin while Steve Thomas got credit on the second assist.

Toronto scored again at 19:41 of the second period while Sami Kapanen served out a two-minute tripping penalty. This time, Berezin beat Irbe on a re-direct of Bryan McCabe’s snapshot. The goal was Berezin’s 17th of the season. Sundin earned the second assist to register his third point of the night and fourth three-point game this season.

Carolina will take on the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night at Philips Arena before taking four days off for the All-Star break.

“It’s a huge game because we obviously want to go into the All-Star break with a win and we’ve got a big trip going out west,” said Wesley. “Those are going to be four difficult games for us. We’ve got to shoot for .500 and get a couple of wins out there and come back with some confidence and know that we can stay right with Washington.”

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Toronto1214
Carolina0213

First Period: Scoring: 1, Toronto, Sundin 18 (Domi, Ponikarovsky),11:32. Penalties: Cross, Tor (hooking), 14:48.
Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Malik 4 (Brindamour, Gelinas),3:50. 3, Carolina, Oneill 26 (G Wesley, Kapanen), 6:47. 4, Toronto, SBerezin 16 (Sundin, Thomas), 16:07. 5, Toronto, S Berezin 17 (power play)(B Mccabe, Sundin), 19:41. Penalties: Hatcher, Car (interference), 1:31;Willis, Car (holding), 10:00; Cross, Tor (hooking), 13:00; Kapanen, Car(tripping), 18:15.
Third Period: Scoring: 6, Toronto, Hoglund 16 (Kaberle, Korolev),10:32. 7, Carolina, Oneill 27 (Francis, Gelinas), 15:31. Penalties: DiYushkevich, Tor (tripping), 11:52; Vasicek, Car (hooking), 16:57; Sundin,Tor (high sticking), 20:00.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Toronto978--24
Carolina

7
8
8
--23

Power-play Conversions: Tor - 1 of 4, Car - 0 of 3. Goalies: Toronto,Joseph (23 shots, 20 saves; record: 22-17-5). Carolina, Irbe (24, 20;record: 21-18-6). A:11,581. Referees: Joannette, Warren. Linesmen: GDevorski, Pare.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

TorontoCarolina
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
B Mccabe
Corson
Cross
Di Yushkevich
Domi
G Roberts
Hoglund
Kaberle
Korolev
Manson
Markov
Perreault
Ponikarovsky
S Berezin
Sundin
Thomas
Tucker
Valk
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
0
even
+1
-1
even
+1
-1
+1
even
even
+1
even
even
+1
-1
even
-2
even
even
1
0
0
5
1
0
4
0
0
1
0
3
1
3
2
2
1
0
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
+1
-1
even
even
+1
even
even
-1
even
even
even
+1
even
-1
even
even
even
1
2
1
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
4
5
0
0
2
2
2
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