Lucas Viveiros | Report

Facing off against their former back-up, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Wednesday evening.

Toronto’s four game win streak was snapped in large part due to not starting on time. The Buds found themselves under siege in the first period, surrendering 29 shots against through the first 20 minutes.

Most teams average approximately 30-31 shots per game, which split up between periods is about 10 shots a period.

Frederik Andersen would do the best he could, stopping 27 of those shots, but the Canes still were able to get two past him in the opening frame.

Starting with Trevor Van Riemsdyk at 10:56 of the period, when he swiped a backhand past Andersen, who at first glance seemed to be interfered with.

Coach Mike Babcock would challenge the play, but the call on the ice would stand, giving the Hurricanes the icebreaker.

Carolina would bury another goal just 22 seconds later, when Justin Williams would be left unmarked in front and would tap home a pass from d-man Calvin De Haan, giving the Canes a 2-0 lead.

Fortunately for the Leafs, superstar John Tavares would intercept a pass by Justin Williams in mid-air, and beat McElhinney clean with a perfectly placed shot, cutting the lead in half.

The game would remain 2-1 throughout the second period and until 7:45 of the third period, when Carolina would capitalize on the power-play.

Michael Ferland’s 11th of the season would restore their two goal lead, after teammate Sebastian Aho fanned on his shot and broke his stick, and Ron Hainsey failed to clear the puck out of the zone.

The game was still within reach of the Maple Leafs however, as during some four-on-four play Kasperi Kapanen would fly down the right wing and snipe one past McElhinney, making it 3-2 Canes.

But that was as close as the Buds would get to evening up the tilt, as Carolina would score two empty nets from Aho and Svechnikov to take the game by a final score of 5-2.

Next Toronto will travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets for the second time in five nights.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday from Nationwide arena, and can be watched on TSN4.

More news from the ice

  • Curtis McElhinney registered his first career victory vs the Maple Leafs, and is now 5-2-0 on the season
  • With his first period goal, John Tavares now leads the NHL in road goals this season with 11
  • In the loss, Frederik Andersen picked up his first road ‘L’ of the campaign, and is now 7-1-0 on the road
  • Hurricanes captain, Justin Williams scored his 100th goal with Carolina
  • Attendance at PNC arena was 12,562 on Wednesday night

Out of town scoreboard

Wednesday, November 21

Montreal 2 New Jersey 5

NY Islanders 0 NY Rangers 5

Dallas 1 Pittsburgh 5

Chicago 2 Washington 4

Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 5

Boston 2 Detroit 3 (OT)

Florida 3 Tampa Bay 7

St. Louis 1 Nashville 4

Ottawa 4 Minnesota 6

Vegas 3 Arizona 2 (OT)

Vancouver 3 Anaheim 4

Winnipeg 3 Calgary 6

Colorado 7 Los Angeles Kings 3

More coverage to follow. Image from the Toronto Star.

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