TORONTO (AP) -- A balanced scoring attack resulted in another win
for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"We've been lucky to have everybody contribute,'' said Tucker,
one of six players with 30 or more points. "All four lines are
important in the playoffs. It's tough when two checking lines are
playing your top two lines, so your other lines have to figure in
the scoring somehow, and tonight we were able to do that.''
"Hopefully, they'll come a time when that balance carries us
further,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "We've been very
successful in the playoffs, but we haven't reached the ultimate
goal. It's only that balance that gives you that chance. Teams are
a lot easier to shut down when there is only one line.''
Ed Belfour made several impressive saves in the third period for
the Maple Leafs.
"It was beautiful,'' Belfour said of the balanced scoring.
"We're playing a great team game.''
Kevin Weekes made 43 saves for the Hurricanes, who have just two
wins in their last 19 games. Toronto outshot Carolina 47-27.
"Toronto is one of the top teams in the league,'' Weekes said.
"They have a lot of skilled guys. They have a balanced offense.''
The Hurricanes are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, and
are in danger of becoming the first team since the Washington
Capitals in 1999 to miss the playoffs after reaching the Stanley
Cup finals the season before.
"I still thought we were in a position to make a run at it.
Unfortunately, to lose players like Brind'Amour, Cole and so on,
it's just tough to replace those guys,'' Francis said.
Kevyn Adams gave Carolina a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the
game after his shot from the side of the net deflected off Belfour
Hoglund batted in a loose puck just under a minute later, but
Carolina's Ryan Bayda scored his first goal of the season by poking
in his own rebound at 2:53 of the first to make it 2-1.
Mogilny tied it at 2 with a quick wrist shot with 2:04 left in
the first, but Josef Vasicek scored on the power play with 8:30
left in the second to put Carolina in the lead again. Vasicek,
standing at the side of the net, collected a rebound and put it
Fitzgerald tied it at 3 just 15 seconds into the third with a
backhanded shot from in front of the net.
Belfour, who finished with 21 saves, robbed Pavel Brendl of a
breakaway goal with a kick save early in the third. Belfour also
made a nice glove save on Ron Francis later in the third.
"My job is to come up with those saves,'' Belfour said.
Toronto's Shayne Corson was a healthy scratch for just the
second time in his 17-year career. Corson, who was also benched on
Saturday, threatened to weigh the option of revoking his no-trade
clause after Saturday's benching. ... Belfour has allowed just 15
goals while winning seven of his last eight games. ... The
Hurricanes went 1-for-7 on the power-play. They are 48-for-317
(15.4 percent) with the man advantage this season. ... The Maple
Leafs went 0-for-6 on the power play.