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02/14/2013 10:56 PM EST
Hurricanes upend Maple Leafs 3-1
CAROLINA 3, TORONTO 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Joe Corvo's confidence is growing for the
Corvo opened the scoring and assisted on the go-ahead goal in
Carolina's 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
The Hurricanes have won three straight and have gone 8-2-1 since
starting the season 0-2.
Corvo was a healthy scratch for three consecutive games earlier
this month, but since then the defenseman has responded with
five points in four games.
"When you try to get involved, good things happen, you get
chances," Corvo said. "There's a big difference between playing
safe and playing confident. Obviously, right now I'm playing
Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal, and Jeff Skinner had two
assists for Carolina, which played at home for the first time
since Feb. 1.
Jordan Staal added a goal for the Hurricanes, and brother Eric
Staal extended his point streak to an NHL-leading 11 games with
an assist on Corvo's goal, the first of three for the Hurricanes
in the second period.
Corvo kept the puck in the Toronto zone and then took advantage
of several misplays by the Toronto defense. Eric Staal was
knocked off the puck as he attempted to pass from behind the
net, but the puck drifted into the slot for Corvo, who scored to
Ben Scrivens' right side at 6:06 of the second period.
"I'm not a big defenseman that's physical. I have to bring
something to the team," Corvo said. "If I don't bring some sort
of offensive edge, then I'd be sitting on the bench, playing 12
to 14 minutes, and I'm not effective doing that."
After Toronto's Nazem Kadri got his fourth goal of the season to
tie the score at 7:51 of the second, Jokinen gathered in a loose
puck in front of a sprawling Scrivens at 12:58 of the second
period. Corvo and Skinner set up the score with a rush on the
power play, and Skinner also assisted on Jordan Staal's goal at
15:09 of the second.
Dan Ellis made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who stopped
Toronto's four-game winning streak.
Ellis, Cam Ward's backup, has won three of his four starts this
Scrivens made 30 saves for Toronto, which fell to 6-2 on the
"They've got some good hockey players up front," Kadri said of
the Hurricanes. "We figured we'd get the puck in deep and kind
of try and use their D-men as their weak point, but they did an
excellent job today, and we just weren't good enough."
Carolina's Bobby Sanguinetti was whistled for a penalty 22
seconds after Corvo's goal, and Toronto took advantage. Dion
Phaneuf's shot bounced off Carolina's Jamie McBain and then off
the shin of Kadri for his fourth goal of the season.
Carolina outshot Toronto 33-23, including 13-10 in the second
period and 12-5 in the third.
NOTES: The teams met for the second of three games in the
lockout-shortened season. Carolina won the first meeting 4-1 in
Toronto on Feb. 4, part of a 4-1-1 road trip. ... Defenseman
Michal Jordan made his NHL debut for Carolina after getting
called up from Charlotte of the AHL. ... The Hurricanes played
without injured defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason, and
forward Chad LaRose was a healthy scratch. ... Carolina's
Skinner has a six-game point streak (two goals, seven assists).
... Toronto's Scrivens has been playing after James Reimer went
out with a knee injury in the second period of the Leafs' win
over Philadelphia on Monday. ... Kadri leads Toronto in points
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