- RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Mats Sundin gave the Toronto Maple Leafs an early spark and rookiecomment
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Mikael Tellqvist expects to be sent to the
minors within the next few weeks. Until then, the rookie goaltender
is making the most of his stay in the NHL.
Toronto wasted little time rebounding from its embarrassing 7-1
home loss to Philadelphia on Saturday, jumping on the Hurricanes
for two early goals to snap a three-game losing streak.
"It always feel good to see the guys get off to a good start
like that and be on their toes from the beginning," Tellqvist
Tellqvist, up from the minors because of an injury to backup
goaltender Trevor Kidd, lost his shutout when Ron Francis scored a
power-play goal with 9:33 left.
Kidd is nursing a shoulder injury and may return as soon as this
"I know my role in the organization," said Tellqvist, the 70th
overall pick in the 2000 draft. "We'll just wait and see what
happens. I'm expecting to be sent to the minors."
After the Francis goal, the Hurricanes failed to rally down the
stretch and dropped their third in a row. Carolina has just two
wins in its first 11 games.
The Hurricanes lost any hope of a comeback when Craig Adams took
a four-minute high-sticking penalty with 3:11 left.
"It was a react situation. You have a second to make that
decision and, obviously, I made the wrong decision," Wesley said.
"We didn't have our forwards reloading.
"We're making that one mistake and it's costing us right now.
It is really getting magnified."
Goalie Jamie Storr lost his first game on home ice after being
acquired as a free agent less than a week before the start of the
He had little hope of stopping Toronto's first goal.
"That's why Sundin gets the money he does and that's why
Mogilny is the player he is, because they make opportunities
happen," Storr said.
Minutes later, the Hurricanes were called for too many men on
the ice and a hooking penalty against Sean Hill as Sundin broke
free down the slot.
It took Ken Klee, who assisted on Sundin's goal, just 12 seconds
to score on the two-man advantage for a 2-0 lead.
After getting the two-goal lead, the Maple Leafs played stellar
defense as Tellqvist didn't have to make many difficult saves until
Francis got the 538th of his career. Carolina had 11 third-period
Sundin has 28 goals against Carolina in 52 career games.
... Mogilny's two assists gave him 64 points in 53 games against
the Hurricanes. ... Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk sat out with back
spasms. ... Carolina's Jeff O'Neill and Eric Staal had five-game
assist streaks stopped. ... The Maple Leafs are 5-0-1 in their last
six games against Carolina, which beat Toronto for the Eastern
Conference crown in 2002.
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