Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Sunday, November 2nd
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Game 2: Tuesday, January 27th
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Game 3: Thursday, February 19th
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Game 4: Monday, February 23rd
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Maple Leafs 2

(5-4-1, 13 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(2-5-0, 8 pts)

6:00 PM ET, November 2, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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TOR 2 0 02
CAR 0 0 11

A. Mogilny (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Tellqvist (Maple Leafs - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Sundin's goal sparks Toronto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Mats Sundin gave the Toronto Maple Leafs an early spark and rookie 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.

Mats Sundin gave the Toronto Maple Leafs an early spark and Tellqvist stopped 24 shots in a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.

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 said.

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 week.

"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.

Glen Wesley's failed attempt to keep the puck in at the blue line helped create a two-on-one for Sundin and Alexander Mogilny, leading to Sundin's easy goal 1:05 in.

"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 season.

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 shots.

Game notes

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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