Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal with center Tyler Bozak (42) and left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) against the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) applies pressure at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Fall To Phil Kessel And The Toronto Maple Leafs

The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday night at Air Canada Center. With the fathers of the Carolina Hurricanes in attendance, the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.

Scoring Summary 

The Toronto Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 16:56 of the first period. Phil Kessel was able to put a soft goal past Cam Ward. He back handed it off the glove of Ward and in from a sharp angle. Tyler Bozak got the assist.

at 1:36 of period two, Nathan Gerbe ties the game at one. Alex Semin set up Gerbe for the one timer that was rifled past Jonathan Bernier. Alex Semin got the lone assist.

Phil Kessel regained the lead for the Toronto Maple Leafs at 13:42 of the second period. Kessel and James Van Riemsdyke came in on a two on one. Kessel’s pass to JVR bounced off of Ron Hainsey and past Cam Ward. James Van Riemsdyke and Tyler Bozakk got the assists.

Just 1:16 later, the Toronto Maple Leafs took the two goal lead. Following a turnover, Nikolai Kulemin put a slap shot past Cam Ward to give the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead at 14:58 of the second period. The goal was unassisted.

The Carolina Hurricanes came back to cut the lead to one at 17:43 of the third period thanks to Justin Faulk’s power play goal. Andrej Sekera set up Faulk who sent a slap shot past Bernier from the point. Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner got the assists on the 4 on 3 power play.

Paul Ranger scored a big goal at 4:58 of the third period to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 lead. After a Jeff Skinner turnover, The Maple Leafs were able to put one past Cam Ward. Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson got the assists.

The Toronto Maple Leafs iced the game off an empty net goal by Dion Phaneuf. The goal was unassisted.

 

Analysis

This was a game that the Carolina Hurricanes should have won. The Canes played an all around solid game, but they made big mistakes at key points in the hockey game.

The Carolina Hurricanes STILL need to learn how to play 60 minute games. If they would have put in the effort to play a full 60 minutes, they likely would have won this game. They outplayed Toronto for a majority of the game.

There were some shots Cam Ward would have liked to get back, mainly Phil Kessel’s goal to make it 1-0. Cam Ward needs to make the big saves, and he did not do that against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On the other side of the ice, Jonathan Bernier played a fabulous game i net for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made big time saves when his team needed it against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Carolina Hurricanes second line of Jordan Staal, Alex Semin and Nathan Gerbe remains solid. They were the Carolina Hurricanes best line, and they provided a solid performance in Toronto.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were physically dominate against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Leafs played the Canes very hard, and that was a big factor in Sunday night’s game.

The Carolina Hurricanes played a very good game, but this game was all about playing 60 minutes. The Carolina Hurricanes made bad mistakes and turnovers at key times which lost them the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Carolina Hurricanes are now 14-16-9. They will remain in the seventh spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Carolina Hurricanes loss also puts them under .500 on the road this year. They are now 7-8-4 away from the PNC Arena this season.

 

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