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Eric Staal has goal, assist to lead Hurricanes past Leafs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eric Staal had a goal and an assist to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Friday night, completing a sweep of their three-game season series.

Jordan Staal had the other goal for the Hurricanes, who had won the two previous meetings by 4-1 scores — on Dec. 16 in Raleigh and Jan. 19 in Toronto. Carolina goalie Cam Ward, playing in his 499th NHL game — all for the Hurricanes — had 23 saves.

Brandon Kozun had his first NHL goal for the Maple Leafs, and James Reimer stopped 24 shots while falling to 1-10 in his last 11 games.

Carolina, which has won four straight in the series, is 21-7-1 in its last 29 games against Toronto. The Hurricanes, in last place in the Metropolitan Division, are 11-6-3 since Jan 1.

Toronto is 2-15-2 since Peter Horachek took over as head coach. The Maple Leafs’ last win in Raleigh was March 16, 2011.

Carolina led 2-1 after a first period in which each team had 12 shots on goal.

Eric Staal gave the Hurricanes the lead on a power play with 6:05 remaining in the period, beating Reimer on a redirection of Justin Faulk’s blast from the high slot.

Kosun tied it with 2:07 to go when he followed his shot for the second time after his first attempt ricocheted off the left post.

However, it took just 16 seconds for Jordan Staal to put the Hurricanes ahead again, receiving brother Eric’s pass from the right boards in the slot and flicking the puck past Reimer glove side.

Carolina outshot Toronto 8-6 in a scoreless second in which the Hurricanes killed off three penalties while the Maple Leafs overcame one.

NOTES: The Maple Leafs host Winnipeg on Saturday night, while Carolina plays at New Jersey. … Eric Staal had his sixth multi-point game of the season. … Kozun was in his eighth NHL game. … Toronto RW Joffrey Lupul missed his fourth straight game (lower body) while C Trevor Smith (lower body) missed his second straight. … LW Chris Terry and RW Patrick Dwyer were healthy scratches for the Hurricanes. … D Andrew MacWilliam, up from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on an emergency basis was a healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs. … Carolina is 60-36-13-1 in the all-time series, including 31-17-6-1 at home.

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