for this game

Dwyer scores late to lift Hurricanes over Leafs

Jan 13, 2010 - 4:02 AM
TORONTO(AP) -- Patrick Dwyer gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a lot to think about.

His goal with less than five minutes left stood up to give the last-place Carolina Hurricanes a 4-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday night, reminding the Leafs how far they've fallen this season.

"I don't have much to say," said Leafs forward Phil Kessel, stuck on just one goal in 13 games. "We're not playing good enough. It's a number of things. We've got to be better."

Eric Staal, Brandon Sutter and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina, which won on the road for the fourth time in 22 games.

Lee Stempniak and Nikolai Kulemin scored for Toronto, which has lost four straight.

"You can't win many games with only one or two goals," Stempniak said.

The Maple Leafs created far more scoring chances than Carolina in the matchup of two of the NHL's worst teams. Toronto fired 15 shots at goalie Cam Ward in the third period, but Dwyer scored at 15:34 for Carolina shortly after Niklas Hagman's shot rang off the post.

Fittingly, the Leafs are 4-9-2 despite outshooting every opponent in their last 15 games.

"This game, an inch here and inch there, that's all it takes," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

The teams seem to be heading in opposite directions. Suddenly, the Hurricanes are starting to feel good about themselves after putting together their first three-game win streak of the season.

"It's just a matter of coming to the rink and competing," said Ward, who had 38 saves. "It's finally time that we found ways to win. Even though the game wasn't exactly the greatest game, we found ways to battle through it at key times in the game."

The Leafs, who sent a first-round draft pick to Boston in exchange for Kessel, are only four points ahead of the Hurricanes, who have two games in hand on Toronto.

The struggles are nothing new to a franchise that seems destined to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight year. Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice was behind the Toronto bench for two of those seasons and knows all about the pressure the team faces.

After watching his new squad beat the Leafs for the second time this season, he noted how much easier things were from the other side: "That was the most relaxed press conference I've had here," joked Maurice.

Notes: The Leafs scratched F Rickard Wallin for the 13th time ... Carolina is missing six regulars from its lineup due to injury: Tuomo Ruutu (upper body), Sergei Samsonov (upper body), Scott Walker (shoulder surgery), Chad LaRose (lower body), Erik Cole (upper body), Joe Corvo (leg) ... Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson started for the fifth time in six games ... Curtis Joseph was given a standing ovation on the day he announced his retirement ... Announced attendance was 19,120.








  • -------------------------------------------
    Carolina
    1 1 2 --4
    Toronto 1 1 0 --2
    -------------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Eric Staal 10 (power play)
    (Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen), 10:09. 2, Toronto, Lee Stempniak 12
    (Unassisted), 16:52. Penalties: A Ward, Car (interference), 7:27; J
    Mitchell, Tor (interference), 9:36.

    S

    Jan 12 9:21 PM


  • -------------------------------------------
    Carolina
    1 1 2 --4
    Toronto 1 1 0 --2
    -------------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Eric Staal 10 (power play)
    (Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen), 10:09. 2, Toronto, Lee Stempniak 12
    (Unassisted), 16:52. Penalties: A Ward, Car (interference), 7:27; J
    Mitchell, Tor (interference), 9:36.

    S

    Jan 12 9:19 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 4
    TORONTO 2 00:44 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 0:44Jan 12 9:18 PM
  • 96
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 11 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 2:49Jan 12 9:15 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 3
    TORONTO 2 04:26 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 4:26Jan 12 9:11 PM
  • 85
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 21 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 4:26Jan 12 9:11 PM
  • 106
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 16 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 5:39Jan 12 9:09 PM
  • 90
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 14 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 7:09Jan 12 9:05 PM
  • 76
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 13 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 8:39Jan 12 9:03 PM
  • 63
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 20 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 10:17Jan 12 8:59 PM
  • 43
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 13 roots (Close Finish)

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  3rd - 13:37Jan 12 8:55 PM


  • --------------------------------------
    Carolina
    1 1 --2
    Toronto 1 1 --2
    --------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Eric Staal 10 (power play)
    (Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen), 10:09. 2, Toronto, Lee Stempniak 12
    (Unassisted), 16:52. Penalties: A Ward, Car (interference), 7:27; J
    Mitchell, Tor (interference), 9:36.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scor

    Jan 12 8:29 PM
  • 30
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 25 roots

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  2nd - 9:54Jan 12 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 2
    TORONTO 2 13:08 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 2  2nd - 13:08Jan 12 8:07 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 1
    TORONTO 2 19:09 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Hurricanes 1, Maple Leafs 2  2nd - 19:09Jan 12 7:59 PM


  • ---------------------------------
    Carolina
    1 --1
    Toronto 1 --1
    ---------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Eric Staal 10 (power play)
    (Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen), 10:09. 2, Toronto, Luke Schenn 2
    (Unassisted), 16:52. Penalties: A Ward, Car (interference), 7:27; J
    Mitchell, Tor (interference), 9:36.

    Shots on goal:
    -----------------------------

    Jan 12 7:39 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 1
    TORONTO 1 03:08 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Hurricanes 1, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 3:08Jan 12 7:34 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 1
    TORONTO 0 09:51 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Hurricanes 1, Maple Leafs 0  1st - 9:51Jan 12 7:24 PM
  • 5
    roots
    LMPtG1 Added 5 roots

    Hurricanes vs. Maple LeafsJan 12 6:19 AM