Carolina 4, Toronto 3

Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 18-14-3-2 8-5-2-2 10-9-1-0 L2
Carolina 13-20-4-2 9-10-0-2 4-10-4-0 W1


Eric Staal's second goal of the game at 3:09 of overtime capped a furious comeback and lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

With the Hurricanes on the power play, Staal blasted a one-timer past James Reimer to give Carolina its third consecutive victory at home and send Toronto to its eighth loss in 12 games this month.

Zac Dalpe had a goal and an assist - his first two points of the season - and Brandon Sutter added a goal as Carolina stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the final 10 1/2 minutes.

The Maple Leafs were seemingly in command after Nikolai Kulemin and Joffrey Lupul scored 2 1/2 minutes apart for a 3-1 lead with just under 11 minutes to play in the game.

Staal turned the momentum around 40 seconds after Lupul's tally, scoring on a breakaway to end a nine-game goalless drought and pull the Hurricanes within 3-2.

Dalpe, who assisted on Staal's first goal, knotted the score at 3-3 two minutes later with his first goal of the season.

Sutter gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 4:15 of the first period, beating Reimer with a snap shot high to his glove side. Nazem Kadri tied it 1:43 into the second with a wraparound, his third goal in four games.

The Maple Leafs didn't help themselves by failing to convert on seven power-play opportunities.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   Carolina
Nazem Kadri 1 Points Eric Staal 3
Nazem Kadri 1 Goals Eric Staal 2
Darryl Boyce 1 Assists Jiri Tlusty 2
N/A Power Play Goals Eric Staal 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
James Reimer .882 Save Percentage Cam Ward .875
James Reimer 30 Saves Cam Ward 21

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 24 3 0-7 2-3 8 27
Carolina 34 4 1-3 7-7 14 34

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .389 after a win and .579 after a loss.
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