Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 20th
Maple Leafs5
Game 2: Thursday, November 3rd
Maple Leafs3Final
Game 3: Friday, November 25th
Maple Leafs3Final
Game 4: Tuesday, March 21st
Maple Leafs3

Hurricanes 4

(3-2-1, 7 pts)

Maple Leafs 5

(4-1-2, 10 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
CAR 1 1 2 04
TOR 2 1 1 15

K. Klee (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

M. Stajan (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Toronto continues to surge after 3-game winless skid

TORONTO (AP) -- Ken Klee scored a power-play goal 4:44 into overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth straight game with a 5-4 victory over Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Eric Lindros scored his sixth goal for the Maple Leafs, undefeated since going winless in their first three games.

After Carolina rookie Eric Staal received a penalty for high-sticking Jason Allison, Klee put a slap shot past goalie Cam Ward.

Oleg Tverdovsky, Ron Brind'Amour, Erik Cole and Cory Stillman scored for the Hurricanes, who tied it after trailing 4-2 in the third.

Darcy Tucker gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 8:43 of the first after a Carolina defenseman fell near the boards, allowing Tucker to steal the puck and rip a slap shot past Ward.

Toronto's Alexander Steen tipped in Bryan McCabe's shot from the point, giving Toronto a a 2-0 lead less than three minutes later.

Staal made a nifty backhanded pass to Tverdovsky, whose one-timer from in front of the net cut it to 2-1 at 12:45 of the first.

Brind'Amour tied it on the power play at 8:08 of the second, but Matt Stajan gave Toronto the lead again after Ward inadvertently passed the puck to Stajan. Ward tried to clear the puck by passing it to a defenseman, but Stajan intercepted and scored his unassisted goal at 16:48.

Lindros' slap shot from the circle gave Toronto a 4-2 lead at 4:59 of the third.

Cole cut it to 4-3 less than three minute after Lindros scored, and Stillman tied it with a long wrist shot with 2:28 left

Game notes

Injured Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin said he's confident he'll make a full recovery from his eye injury. Sundin's lower orbital bone was broken when he was hit in the face by a puck two weeks ago. He said his blurry vision is getting better although he hasn't ruled out surgery. "It's all positive at this point. There's no problems with my vision. It's going to come back. It's just a matter of time," Sundin said.

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