RALEIGH, N.C. (November 3, 1999 11:06 p.m. EST http://www.sportserver.com) - Mike Johnson scored goals 19 seconds apart and Mats Sundin returned from a nine-game absence to notch the 300th goalof his career as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-0 Wednesday night.
The Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs won their fifth straight and are unbeaten in their last six. The Hurricanes fell to 0-2 in their new arena.
Curtis Joseph tied John Vanbiesbrouck of Philadelphia for the NHL lead with his third shutout and 25th of his career. Joseph was sharp all night in stopping 24 shots.
Carolina, which had displayed solid hockey after playing 10 off its first 11 games on the road, picked a bad time to have a poor defensive effort against one of the NHL's top offenses.
The Hurricanes started goaltender Eric Fichaud for the second straight game in place of slumping Arturs Irbe. But Fichaud gave up a soft goal to Johnson less than seven minutes in.
Johnson, standing behind the goal to the left of the net, bounced the puck off the back of Fichaud's shoulder for his sixth goal of the season.
Johnson then pounced on a rebound seconds later as the Hurricanes fell behind 2-0 early. Dmitri Khristich assisted on both of Johnson's goals.
Sundin returned to the lineup after being sidelined because of a fractured ankle and scored midway through the second period on a perfect give-and-go with Jonas Hoglund.
Hoglund put the game away with three seconds left in the period on a great individual effort as the Hurricanes were on the power play. He raced to the puck with Glen Wesley in the Carolina zone, and outmuscled him along the boards and beat Fichaud high with Wesley draped all over him.
Hoglund, signed as an unrestricted free agent in July, and Tomas Kaberle added goals over the final 8:17 of the third. Hoglund's two goals gave him eight for the season, his total in 74 games with Montreal last season.
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