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Leafs Hope To Recover In Carolina

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-2-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-4-0).

TIME: Sunday, 5 p.m. EST.
The struggling Toronto Maple Leafs look to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Toronto suffered an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Philadelphia in front of a booing home crowd at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Darcy Tucker netted the lone goal for the Maple Leafs as veteran goaltender Ed Belfour allowed all seven goals, including three in the first eight minutes of play.

"I wish I could explain it. I'm quite disappointed," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said of his team's dismal performance. "I'd even like to think there was an effort, but there wasn't a whole lot of thinking out there. The harder we tried the more mistakes we made.

"We had very little confidence at the back end. We're not believing in each other right now. We're not playing as a team."

Toronto is still without top forward Nik Antropov, who suffered a separated shoulder in a 3-2 overtime loss to Atlanta on Monday. Quinn said Saturday that Antropov will not require surgery on the shoulder.

The Hurricanes are coming off a disheartening 4-3 loss to the unbeaten Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Goaltender Kevin Weekes, who has posted two shutouts in eight starts this season, suffered his second straight loss when he allowed the tiebreaking goal to Tampa Bay's Cory Stillman on a shot from center ice with 8:09 to play.

"If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have been in position to have a chance," Carolina defenseman Sean Hill said in defense of Weekes, who made 24 saves.

"He's been our best player ... by a long shot."

More Head-To-Head Statistics
TEAMHome Win %Road Win %WLTOTLPointsHOMEROAD
Carolina.5.357244081-1-1-01-3-3-0
Toronto.4.5834421111-2-1-13-2-1-0
Meetings This Year
DateLocationScore
02-NOV-03Toronto at Carolina06:00 PM EST
27-JAN-04Carolina at Toronto07:30 PM EST
19-FEB-04Toronto at Carolina07:00 PM EST
23-FEB-04Carolina at Toronto07:30 PM EST
Top Scorers
Carolina
PlayerGAPts+/-PIM
JOSEF VASICEK63936
JEFF O'NEILL178014
ERIK COLE336414
Toronto
PlayerGAPts+/-PIM
JOE NIEUWENDYK336-54
MATS SUNDIN156-68
THOMAS FITZGERALD23526

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