RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and the Eastern Conference-worst Carolina Hurricanes broke a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the previously surging Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes (9-19-3), who entered with the NHL’s worst record, had scored only one goal in each game of their skid. Their offensive outburst snapped the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.
Chris Terry, Andrej Sekera, and Elias Lindholm also scored for Carolina. Nathan Gerbe and Eric Staal both had two assists. The Hurricanes are 19-7-1 against the Maple Leafs in the last 27 meetings.
Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto.
The Hurricanes played a few hours after trading defenseman Jay Harrison to Winnipeg for a 2015 sixth-round draft pick.
Cam Ward had 25 saves for Carolina. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.
The Hurricanes dominated the first period and led 2-0 at the break after taking a 17-9 shots advantage.
Terry got Carolina on the board at 11:54, taking Staal’s pass that went from the left boards into the crease and putting it past Bernier.
Carolina doubled the lead on a short-handed rush at 13:43 when Faulk took Patrick Dwyer’s cross-ice pass in the right circle and banged it by Bernier’s glove.
Phaneuf made it 2-1 at 16:55 of the second, firing a shot just under the crossbar from the left point.
But Sekera sent a drive over Bernier’s left shoulder during a power play at 11:05 of the third for his first goal of the season.
Lindholm scored into an empty net with 1:24 left.
Faulk became the first Hurricanes defenseman with two short-handed goals in a season since Mike Commodore did it in the 2006-07 campaign.
Faulk has three short-handed goals in 211 career games.
NOTES: Carolina’s next game is at home on Saturday against the New York Rangers. … Toronto will play Philadelphia at home on Saturday. … Carolina C Jiri Tlusty (upper body) missed his third straight game. Hurricanes D John-Michael Liles (upper body) sat out his second consecutive. … Toronto C Leo Komarov (concussion) sat out his ninth straight. D Korbinian Holzer was a healthy scratch. … Toronto C Peter Holland played in his 100th NHL game. … Staal has 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games against Toronto.
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