RALEIGH, N.C. - Eric Staal had a goal and an assist to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Friday night, completing a sweep of their three-game season series.
Jordan Staal had the other goal for the Hurricanes, who had won the two previous meetings by 4-1 scores ? on Dec. 16 in Raleigh and Jan. 19 in Toronto. Carolina goalie Cam Ward, playing in his 499th NHL game ? all for the Hurricanes ? had 23 saves.
Brandon Kozun had his first NHL goal for the Maple Leafs, and James Reimer stopped 24 shots while falling to 1-10 in his last 11 games.
Carolina, which has won four straight in the series, is 21-7-1 in its last 29 games against Toronto. The Hurricanes, in last place in the Metropolitan Division, are 11-6-3 since Jan 1.
Toronto is 2-15-2 since Peter Horachek took over as head coach.