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article imageToronto Maple Leafs look lacklustre in 3-1 loss to Hurricanes

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 14, 2013 in Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs took one of the NHL's best road records into Carolina Thursday but didn't look strong in a 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes. The Leafs never lead and failed to mount a comeback in a scoreless third, in which they were outshot 12-5.
All the game's scoring was done in the second period. After the first, where genuine offensive chances were not the order of the day, Carolina's Joe Corvo took advantage of a Leaf turnover courtesy Dion Phaneuf and whipped a hard wrist shot past Ben Scrivens at 6:06. Nazem Kadri tied it on the power play with his fourth of the season when a Phaneuf point shot careened off of him and into the net.
Scrivens made his only error of the game when he appeared to corral a Jeff Skinner shot but let it somehow skip free; Jussi Jokinen flipped it into the empty net to make it 2-1. Then it was the turn of John-Michael Liles to make a mistake; he tried to pinch in at an inadvisable time, was beaten and Carolina had a 2 man breakaway, with Jordan Staal finishing of the play and ending the night's scoring.
Maple Leafs: key injuries mounting
Going into the game with a 6-1 record on the road (2-4 at home) the club had a handy excuse for a poor performance - injuries. The Leafs lost Joffrey Lupul in the third game of the season, lost his replacement Matt Frattin (7 goals in just 10 games) and is without star goaltender James Reimer for at least a week.
It was the second win for the Hurricanes against the Leafs, beating Toronto 4-1 in Toronto on Feb. 4. Carolina outshot the Leafs 33-23. The loss prevented Toronto, now 8-6, from winning five straight games for the first time since 2007.
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