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Leafs Get Win In Hurricane Country

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Score Sheet | Statisics
November 2, 2003

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- There's something about the Carolina Hurricanes that brings out the best in Mats Sundin and Alexander Mogilny.

Sundin scored his second goal of the season 65 seconds into the game and Mogilny collected two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

With just one goal in his first 11 games of the season, Sundin completed a 2-on-1 with Mogilny early in the contest to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

Less than four minutes later, Mogilny set up defenceman Ken Klee's power-play tally for his second multi-point effort of the campaign.

In 52 career games against the Carolina franchise, Sundin has 28 goals and 61 points, his highest total vs. any opponent.

Mogilny also thrives when playing the Hurricanes, registering 31 goals and 64 points in 53 meetings.

Mikael Tellqvist was outstanding for the Maple Leafs, turning aside 24 of 25 shots. The 24-year-old Swede came within 9:33 of his first career shutout before Ron Francis converted a power-play chance to halve Carolina's deficit.

"I feel confident the way the guys play in front of me," Tellqvist said. "There were a few breakdowns, but I think they played really well tonight, especially in the last period."

After getting blown out at home by Philadelphia on Saturday, the Maple Leafs stormed out of the gates to take a quick 2-0 lead.

With former Leafs defenceman Glen Wesley caught in the offensive zone, Mogilny turned the play up ice on the right side. After reaching the faceoff circle, he threaded a pass under defenseman Danny Markov - another former Leaf - to Sundin, who beat a helpless Jamie Storr at 1:05.

"We didn't get a chance to come out," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "In your first rotation, you give up a shot like that, 2-on-1, and you're on your heels. I think it took us about a period to get over that."

Toronto wasted little time cashing in on a two-man advantage and doubling its lead. Just 12 seconds after Sean Hill was whistled for hooking, Klee one-timed Mogilny's pass from the high slot into the top right corner of the net at 4:43 for his second of the season.

"You know you're going to have a lot of back-to-back games and you're going to have a stinker every now and then," Klee said.

"Obviously, last night didn't go the way we wanted and it was great to get back out there tonight and get a win."

"We can play (aggressively)," said Toronto coach Pat Quinn, whose team improved to 5-0-1 in its last six meetings with Carolina. "It's not pretty, but it's necessary if you want to win. Tonight, we were willing to do it, and we got a better result of it."

Tellqvist took over from there, making six saves in the first period and eight in the second. He stopped Kevyn Adams' snap shot from the left circle off a 2-on-1 just 68 seconds into the middle period and gloved Hill's wrister from the right circle with 4:53 to go.

"We obviously dug ourselves in a hole, but we made a couple of mental mistakes early," Wesley said. "I felt the opportunities were there for us and we certainly established our forecheck and had some chances, but we just couldn't finish."

Early in the third, Tellqvist denied Erik Cole off an excellent feed from Rod Brind'Amour. But with defenceman Wade Belak in the penalty box for slashing, Francis picked up the rebound of a redirection by Cole and deposited it into a vacant net from the top of the crease to draw the Hurricanes within 2-1.

"It was almost a charity goal," Tellqvist said. "It felt like a fluke goal because they had a lot of scoring chances."

"We got better as the game went on, but we're still not controlling the puck the way I think we can," Maurice said.
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