TORONTO - The Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-3 win at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.
Josh Jooris scored his first two goals with the Hurricanes, Teuvo Teravainen posted a three-point night (1g, 2a) and eight other players recorded points, as the Canes improved to 7-3-1 in their last 11 games in Toronto.
Here are five takeaways from tonight's contest.
What a homecoming for Josh Jooris, the native of Burlington, Ont., who had around 40 family and friends in the crowd tonight. And in front of them, he scored his first two goals as a member of the Hurricanes, the first of which opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game.
"It was special. Those are the people who always believed in me, my true friends and family," he said. "It's just special to do it in front of them and contribute."
Jooris got things started when he finished off a nice feed from Trevor van Riemsdyk (his first assist and point as a Hurricane, too) in one-time fashion.
Video: CAR@TOR: Jooris uses quick shot to open the scoring
"It started with the forecheck on the first one. A great job by Nordy and Krugs," Jooris described. "Then the puck popped out to Riemer, and he made a heads-up play."
Jooris bookended the Canes' scoring in the third period, netting his second of the night to convert the touchdown for the Canes. Jeff Skinner danced with the puck, turned his back to the defender and slipped a sneaky backhand pass right on to Jooris' tape for the shot and the goal.
Video: CAR@TOR: Jooris tallies second goal on Skinner's dish
"I just tried to stay open, and he found me," Jooris said.
"We signed him because we knew how hard he plays," head coach Bill Peters said of Jooris. "I think as he gets comfortable and settles in he'll become even better."
The Hurricanes' fourth line of Jooris, Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom has now factored in on the scoresheet two games in a row. Balanced scoring across four lines is critical for offensive success.
"Those guys have been around a lot and been on winning teams. They know what makes them successful, and they play to an identity," Jooris said of his linemates. "I think my game feeds off theirs. We all play a similar kind of game. We're able to get in on forechecks, keep pucks and pressure their D to make it hard on them. If we consistently try to put pressure on teams and half-ice them and let our scorers go do the work, that's our job."
"I think we can score throughout the lineup, and I have a lot of respect for those guys on that line," Peters said of his fourth line.
The Hurricanes' start on Tuesday night versus Tampa Bay wasn't bad, but the team couldn't take advantage of early power plays. Tonight, the team didn't specialty teams to get on the board first and quickly build a lead from there.
The Canes scored twice in 33 seconds just over two minutes into the game to claim a 2-0 lead.
Shortly after Jooris opened the scoring, Teuvo Teravainen netted his third goal of the season to stretch the Canes' lead to two.
Video: CAR@TOR: Teravainen snaps quick shot past Andersen
"I thought we started on time, which is obviously important," Peters said. "We haven't done that on a consistent basis. That was something that was a staple of our program, and it needs to become something that we can rely on. That was important."
"I think all four lines played pretty well. Juice had a big goal to start us off, and then we got a second one pretty quick," Skinner said. "When you're on the road and can jump out to a quick lead, it's always nice. Then we did a good job responding. There was a lot of 5-on-5."
The Maple Leafs ate into the Canes lead when, following a defensive zone turnover, Patrick Marleau fed a wide-open Auston Matthews in front for his eighth goal of the season.
But the Canes didn't let that deflate their energy.
Later in the period, Frederik Andersen robbed Noah Hanifin of what looked to be a sure goal. Andersen was down on his belly when Hanifin ripped a shot, but the Danish netminder threw his glove up in desperation and snagged the puck. On the ensuing faceoff following the break, Sebastian Aho sent a point shot toward the net, and Elias Lindholm redirected it in from the slot to restore the Canes' two-goal advantage.
"We did a good job getting pucks to the net," Peters said.
Video: CAR@TOR: Lindholm tips in Aho's blast to add to lead
Things went a bit sideways in the second period, as the Leafs predictably pushed back. Domonic Moore and Zach Hyman netted goals to draw the score even at three, but the Canes were again able to respond at the opposite end of the ice.
With six-and-a-half left in the second period, Teravainen slid a pass to Victor Rask in the slot, and he fired off a quick shot to regain the Canes' lead. Rask now has two two-point games (1g, 1a) this season.
Video: CAR@TOR: Teravainen, Rask connect to put Canes ahead
"Obviously you don't want to give the lead up like that, but we showed some resiliency and character. Big goal by Rasky, and we were able to build," Jooris said. "It's not easy to do on the road against a team like this when you give up a lead like that. When the momentum swung their way, we didn't panic and we got the next couple."
Brock McGinn scored his first goal of the season on a 2-on-1 rush in the third period, as he held onto the puck, faked a shot and then rifled it past Andersen. Jooris' second of the game was the final dagger.
Video: CAR@TOR: McGinn rings in a goal off the post
"For a team that hasn't scored a bunch here at the start of the year, it's important," Peters said. "I think we are going to score. I think we have the ability to score - I know we do - but we haven't done it. So until you prove you can do it you're kind of wondering and hoping. We have enough talent to score if we get committed and do the right things."
In addition to Jooris and van Riemsdyk recording their first points of the season, Haydn Fleury notched two assists, his first two points in the National Hockey League. Fleury was credited with the secondary assist on Lindholm's first-period goal, and he dished off to McGinn in the third period to create the rush down the ice.
For an offense that has struggled to find consistency, this could be the type of game that opens things up, especially with how many players throughout the lineup contributed.
"We have higher aspirations than being in and around .500, but you have to do it each and every night, and each guy has to make a commitment to doing it right," Peters said.
The Hurricanes will look to duplicate this effort on Friday night when they host the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena to close out their first back-to-back set of the season.