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Kapanen helps end Leafs home unbeaten streak

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) - Sami Kapanen had three goals as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Tuesday night.

It was the third career hat trick for Kapanen, who hadn't scored in his previous eight games. Erik Cole and Sandis Ozolinsh also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won just two of their last six.

Bryan Mccabe and Tomas Kaberle scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three of their last four. Kapanen gave Carolina a 1-0 lead in the first, a 4-2 lead in the third, and scored his 14th goal of the season on an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining. Joseph deflected a rebound to Kapanen, who fired a shot past the Toronto at 8:38 of the first. He later skated around a fallen Joseph, and scored at 18:49 of the third.

Cole scored a rare power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who entered the game 11-for-128 with the man advantage. The Maple Leafs had killed off 27 straight power plays before Cole gave Carolina a 3-2 lead at 19:18. Ron Francis made a centering pass to Cole, who shot it past goalie Curtis Joseph.

Joseph, vying to be Canada's starting goalie at the Salt Lake City Olympics, allowed four goals on 19 shots. Toronto's Darcy Tucker returned to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion, the result of a butt-end from Florida's Jason Wiemer Nov. 10. The NHL suspended Wiemer for seven games.

After Kapanen scored at 5:25 of the first, Kaberle tied it with a power-play goal at 8:38 of the first. McCabe's shot from the point gave Toronto the lead at 12:51. Ozolinsh tied it at 2 at 14:52 of the first.

Notes: Kapanen, Francis and Jeff O'Neill have scored 31 of Carolina's 67 goalsthis season. ... Toronto's Garry Valk missed the game with a hip injury. ... Toronto outshot Carolina 12-4 in the second period. ... Toronto Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens was in attendance.

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