Toronto 5, Carolina 2

Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 14-16-6-3 7-8-2-3 7-8-4-0 L5
Toronto 20-16-1-4 14-8-0-1 6-8-1-3 W2


Maple Leafs 5, Hurricanes 2: Phil Kessel scored twice to reach the 20-goal mark for the sixth consecutive season as host Toronto avoided a fifth straight shootout appearance.

Nikolai Kulemin and defensemen Paul Ranger and Dion Phaneuf also tallied while Tyler Bozak collected three assists for the Maple Leafs, who went 2-2 as they made a franchise-record four straight trips to the bonus format. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots in improving to 3-4-2 in his last nine starts.

Nathan Gerbe and blue-liner Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, whose winless streak reached five games (0-3-2). Cam Ward finished with 22 saves.

Kessel kicked off his fourth multi-goal performance of the season when his backhander from along the end line on the left side banked off Ward and into the net with 3:04 remaining in the first period. After Gerbe forged a tie 1:36 into the second with a shot from the left faceoff circle, Kessel converted a feed from James van Riemsdyk with 6:18 left in the session for his team-leading 20th tally and a 2-1 lead.

Kulemin increased the advantage 76 seconds later with a blast from the top of the left circle, but Carolina got back within one during a power play as Faulk's one-timer from the left circle deflected off Toronto defenseman Cody Franson's stick and past Bernier with 2:17 to play in the period. Ranger beat Ward with a wrist shot from inside the blue line almost five minutes into the third to restore the two-goal cushion.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Hurricanes dropped to 1-4-4 in their last nine contests. ... Bozak extended both his assist and point streaks to five games. The 27-year-old has recorded a goal and seven assists during the run and has set up a tally in six of his last seven contests. ... Pop music star Justin Bieber, who was born in London, Ont., was in attendance.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Toronto
Justin Faulk 1 Points Tyler Bozak 3
Justin Faulk 1 Goals Phil Kessel 2
Andrej Sekera 1 Assists Tyler Bozak 3
Justin Faulk 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Ward .846 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .953
Cam Ward 22 Saves Jonathan Bernier 41

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 43 2 1-2 2-2 6 29
Toronto 27 5 0-2 1-2 6 43

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play its next game on the road against Detroit. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .476 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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