Ellis helps Hurricanes top Leafs

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Updated: February 15, 2013

Dan Ellis posted 22 stops to help the Carolina
Hurricanes take a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist while Jussi Jokinen and Jordan Staal also
scored for the Hurricanes, who have won three straight and five of six.

“It’s tough every night out there,” said Staal. “Getting two points is hard in
this league and with this short season every point counts even more. We’ve
been playing real well of late and hope to keep it going.”

Nazem Kadri had the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had a four-game winning
streak snapped. Ben Scrivens gave up all three goals on 33 shots in the loss.

“It’s easy sometimes to take it easy when you’re on a streak and that’s kind
of what happened to us today,” said Kadri. “It’s upsetting because we know we
can play better than what we showed here.”

After a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes got on the board at the 6:06
mark of the second period when a loose puck in the slot came to Corvo and he
snapped it in.

Toronto tied the game less than two minutes later on the power play as a slap
shot by Dion Phaneuf at the left point deflected off of Kadri for his fourth
of the season.

The Hurricanes, though, answered with a power-play marker of their own when a
rush play into the zone saw Scrivens try to cover the puck up, but Jokinen was
able to whack it in with 7:02 to play.

It was a 3-1 game just over two minutes later when a rush into the zone saw
Jeff Skinner’s shot stopped, but the rebound came out to the left and Staal
buried it for his second of the season.

Toronto managed just five shots in the final period and was unable to break
through despite pulling Scrivens with around 2 1/2 minutes to play and the
‘Canes gave the home crowd a victory.

Game Notes

Carolina plays in Montreal on Monday … Toronto hosts Ottawa on Saturday …
The Hurricanes have won both matchups with the Maple Leafs this season …
Toronto was 1-for-2 on the power play while Carolina was 1-for-3.