The Maple Leafs attempted to earn their second come-from-behind win in as many nights, but fell just short of forcing overtime, eventually losing 6-4 to Carolina at the RBC Center on Sunday. Toronto trailed 5-4 in the closing moments of the third period and were buzzing furiously around Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton in an attempt to get the equalizer. However, a tripping penalty assessed to Nik Antropov all but sealed Toronto’s fate.
The Leafs actually led 3-1 in the second period, thanks to a pair of Mikhail Grabovski goals. But the visitors fell into penalty trouble in the middle frame as the ‘Canes capitalized on the power-play to shift the momentum of the game in their favour.
Ian White suited up for the Leafs for the first time this season, and made his mark by scoring the opening goal of the game at 6:28 of the first period. Carlo Colaiacovo also returned to the Leafs lineup after missing the last six games as a healthy scratch.
The two teams meet in a rematch at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Steen-Mitchell-Blake, White-Moore-Mayers
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Kubina, Van Ryn-Colaiacovo, Finger-Schenn
Goaltenders: Joseph (Loss 58:08 minutes, 24 saves, 5 GA) Toskala (0:00), (empty net, 1 GA)
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