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Leafs beat Hurricanes for second straight win

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jonas Hoglund's rebound goal with 5:18 left spoiled Carolina goaltender Tom Barrasso's return to the NHL after a year layoff as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday night. Barrasso made 27 saves, many of them spectacular, but allowed Hoglund's second of the season late after stopping the initial shot in close by Mats Sundin, who scored earlier for the Maple Leafs.

The first two goals Barrasso gave up were soft ones as he showed some signs of having not played since April 2000 for Ottawa - a span of 533 days.

Barrasso, a 17-year NHL veteran with 353 career wins who signed with Carolina as a free agent, allowed a rebound off a long shot in the first period after he failed to cover the puck. A stickhandling error resulted in Toronto tying it just 39 seconds after the Hurricanes had taken a 2-1 lead on Sami Kapanen's power-play goal late in the second.

Barrasso, regarded as one of the best stick handlers among NHL goalies in his prime, tried to clear the zone, but Mikael Renberg intercepted the puck and passed it to Sundin at the side of the net for an easy goal as Carolina's lead was short lived.

Barrasso stopped four shots on Toronto's first power play and looked sharp early, but less than a minute later he surrendered a rebound off a Darcy Tucker shot from the blue line. Shayne Corson, shaking off defenceman Niclas Wallin, poked in the rebound midway through the first for his first of the season.

Josef Vasicek set up Carolina's first goal with 6:11 left in the first when he broke in on Curtis Joseph from the left wing. Joseph stopped Vasicek's backhander, but Bates Battaglia batted the rebound out of the air and past the Toronto goalie.

Notes: Shayne Corson's goal was the 250th of his career . . . Mats Sundin has 22 career goals against Carolina, his second most against any opponent.

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