'Canes beat Maple Leafs in OTDec 30, 2011 - 6:34 AM
Staal ripped a blast over the shoulder of Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer from the right circle off a cross-ice pass from Justin Faulk for the winner.
"I thought our whole line was playing good tonight," said Staal. "When I got the first one I felt good, the second one felt even better."
Brandon Sutter and Zac Dalpe also found the back of the net for the Hurricanes, who have won three of four. Cam Ward stopped 21-of-24 shots for the victory.
Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Kulemin and Nazem Kadri scored for the Maple Leafs, who slid to their seventh loss in 10 games. Reimer made 30 saves in defeat.
"A point is good but we always want to win, every night we go out there," said Reimer. "We had a let down in the third and it cost us a point."
Sutter put the home team on the board when he lifted a rising shot under the crossbar from the left circle 4:15 into the contest.
Kadri then slammed home a Clarke MacArthur rebound less than two minutes into the second.
Toronto went up 2-1 at the 6:36 mark of the third, when Kulemin knocked in the rebound of a Darryl Boyce chance from atop the crease.
It was a two-goal edge for the Leafs with 9:08 played on Lupul's score, but Staal's breakaway tally 40 seconds later made it a one-goal margin and a third-chance poke at the right post by Dalpe tied the game at 11:50.
Carolina has won two of three meetings with Toronto this season...Dalpe notched his first goal this season and his fourth career tally...Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu saw his six-game point streak come to an end...Jiri Tlusty picked up two assists for the hosts.
- TORONTO: 3
Final - OT
Dec 29 9:39 PM
- Carolina Power-Play Goal - Eric Staal (9), from Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain at 3:09.
Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 4 OT - 1:51Dec 29 9:39 PM
- TORONTO: 3
End of Regulation
Dec 29 9:30 PM
- Carolina Goal - Zac Dalpe, at 11:50.
Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 3 3rd - 8:10Dec 29 9:13 PM
- Carolina Goal - Eric Staal (8), from Zac Dalpe at 9:48.
Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 2 3rd - 10:12Dec 29 9:10 PM
- Toronto Goal - Joffrey Lupul (17), from Phil Kessel at 9:08.
Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 1 3rd - 10:52Dec 29 9:09 PM
- Toronto Goal - Nikolai Kulemin (4), from Darryl Boyce and Mikhail Grabovski at 6:36.
Maple Leafs 2, Hurricanes 1 3rd - 13:24Dec 29 9:03 PM
- TORONTO: 1
End of 2nd
Dec 29 8:35 PM
- Toronto Goal - Nazem Kadri (3), at 1:43.
Maple Leafs 1, Hurricanes 1 2nd - 18:17Dec 29 8:00 PM
- TORONTO: 0
End of 1st
Dec 29 7:41 PM
- Carolina Goal - Brandon Sutter (8), from Drayson Bowman at 4:15.
Maple Leafs 0, Hurricanes 1 1st - 15:45Dec 29 7:14 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 29 7:09 PM
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