An unexpected loss derailed the Toronto Maple Leafs from their hottest stretch of the season, but a return home could again right the ship. The Maple Leafs look for their NHL-leading 15th home win when they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Toronto (19-10-3) had won six consecutive games before Thursday's 4-1 loss at lowly Carolina. The stretch included quality wins over Vancouver, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Detroit (twice) due in large part to phenomenal goaltending. Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer combined for a league-best .956 save percentage Dec. 6-16 and allowed 1.67 goals per game. Star forwards Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk also played well during the streak, with each picking up seven points. But on Thursday, neither the goaltending nor the scoring were present. ''We got outworked. It's as simple as that,'' coach Randy Carlyle said. ''We didn't do enough to give ourselves a chance, and when we finally got back into the hockey game we took ourselves out wi...
An unexpected loss derailed the Toronto Maple Leafs from their hottest stretch of the season, but a return home could again right the ship.
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No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings Kopitar has a career-best 5-point night as the Los Angeles Kings won a wild 6-4 game against the St. Louis Blues and Marty Brodeur. Kopitar assisted on Marian Gaborik’s two goals, Jeff Carter’s game-trying goal and Jake Muzzin’s game-winning goal. He also scored a goal of his own in the second period, his seventh. No. 2 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins Fleury made 29 saves for his NHL-leading sixth shutout as the Penguins defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0. Blake Comeau had the lone goal. No. 3 Star: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals After a brilliant set-up by Mike Green, Fehr’s goal at 42 seconds of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also assisted on Joel Ward’s opening tally in the first period. The Capitals ended the Jackets’ winning streak at seven games. Honorable Mention: Calvin Pickard made 47 saves in a losing effort for the Avs. … Brandon Pirri and Dave Bolland had shootout goals and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves a few more in the shootout as Florida defeated the Flyers, 2-1. … Andres Sekera and Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes stunned the streaking Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1. … Matt Beleskey’s goal at 8:33 of the third period gave the Anaheim Ducks a lead they wouldn’t give up and a 2-1 win. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves. … Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodnow scored in the third period as the San Jose Sharks rallied for 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Did You Know? The Oilers only win over their past 18 games is against the Sharks. Dishonorable Mention: Dalton Prout and Tom Wilson fought, and then Jared Boll and Michael Latta fought two seconds later in the second period. … Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Boone Jenner were minus-3. … Joffrey Lupul was a minus-3. … Marty Brodeur gave up six goals, including a long-distance one from Dwight King. … Max Pacioretty was hospitalized after a hit from Clayton Stoner.
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1 Cam Ward made 25 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes rode a strong start and solid finish to a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs that ended a six-game losing streak. Chris Terry, Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera and Elias Lindholm scored for a goal-shy Carolina team that struck three times for the first time in nine games. ...
A five-game swing north of the border could wear on any team, even the NHL's points leader, but the Anaheim Ducks are playing quite well in Canada this season.