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Maple Leafs score four in second period, hold off Hurricanes

Carolina rallies but drops second straight

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Toronto Maple Leafs scored four goals in the second period, and Frederik Andersen made 43 saves in a 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

Ron Hainsey, James van Riemsdyk and Jake Gardiner each had two points for Toronto (15-8-1).

Andersen made 14 saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless, then held off Carolina's push in the final minutes.

 

[WATCH: All Maple Leafs vs. Hurricanes highlights]

 

"Obviously, we were holding on in the third," Hainsey said. "He's been giving us all the goaltending we could ask for for quite a while."

The Hurricanes (9-8-4) lost their second in a row despite late goals from Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin that brought Carolina within one.

Zach Hyman's fifth goal of the season gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead 53 seconds into the second period. After Nazem Kadri held in an errant clearing attempt, Gardiner drew Cam Ward out of the net, skated behind him and slipped the puck to Hyman in front for a tap-in.

"We had a rocky first, and to come out and get us the lead and get a roll going, it was important for us," Hyman said.

Video: TOR@CAR: Hyman buries beautiful feed from Gardiner

Toronto made it 2-0 on Josh Leivo's first goal of the season. He chased down a long flip pass by Andreas Borgman along the left side boards before cutting to the net and scoring inside the far post at 7:14.

Hainsey made it 3-0 at 11:37 when he gathered a loose puck at the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot to the left post.

Video: TOR@CAR: Hainsey snipes heavy wrister past Ward

Carolina cut Toronto's lead to 3-1 at 13:35 on Derek Ryan's fifth of the season. Jeff Skinner followed his shot behind the net and made a backhand pass to Ryan in the low slot.

The Maple Leafs went back up by three at 18:24 when van Riemsdyk's shot from the slot hit the right post, bounced off Ward's right leg and rolled back into the net to make it 4-1.

Scott Darling began the third period in relief of Ward, who had 12 saves. Darling made eight saves.

Jordan Staal made it 4-2 when he gathered a loose puck and scored into an open net at 3:08 of the third after Justin Faulk's shot was blocked.

Video: TOR@CAR: Staal buries one into a wide-open net

Patrick Marleau's power-play goal gave Toronto a 5-2 lead at 5:27 of the third. Auston Matthews made a hard pass to the top of the crease, where Marleau redirected the puck for his ninth of the season.

"I was hoping for it," Marleau said. "He made a great play there. I just had my stick on the ice and he used me as a backboard." 

Lindholm went to the net to put in the rebound of Hanifin's shot and make it 5-3 at 13:58. Hanifin made it 5-4 at 15:49 on a hard wrist shot from above the left circle.

Carolina pulled Darling for the extra attacker with a little more than two minutes remaining in the third, but Andersen held off the Hurricanes, making two saves on Ryan in close. 

"Some nights are ugly. That's what it is," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "They were quicker and jumped better than us. Obviously, we scored some good goals, some timely goals, but [Andersen] was the main event."

 

Goal of the game

Marleau's goal at 5:27 of the third period.

Video: TOR@CAR: Marleau buries great feed from Matthews

 

Save of the game

Andersen's save on Ryan with 2:18 remaining in the third.

Video: TOR@CAR: Andersen steers away Ryan's late bid

 

Highlight of the game

Hyman's goal at 53 seconds of the second period.

Video: TOR@CAR: Hyman buries beautiful feed from Gardiner

 

They said it

"It's always good to score in the NHL. I don't get any more joy scoring against this team. I've got a lot of people over there who helped me, and that's a team I'm rooting for. As I said, scoring in the NHL is never a bad deal." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey, who played 300 games for Carolina from 2013-2017

 

"We've given up too many goals obviously, six and then five. Don't think we're going to outscore our mistakes. That's the thing we need to clear up ASAP." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on consecutive losses, including 6-1 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday

 

Need to know

Marleau scored his 102nd game-winning goal to pass Jarome Iginla for seventh on the NHL list. Toronto is 8-0-0 when he scores a goal. … The Hurricanes made their first in-game goaltending change of the season. 

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, NBCSWA+, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Nashville Predators on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Video: Andersen, Leafs hang on to beat Hurricanes, 5-4

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