The Maple Leafs salvaged a point by rallying from a 3-goal deficit against Carolina, but eventually dropped the game in overtime by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday night. Toronto dug themselves in a hole early on by playing a lacklustre first period and trailed 4-1 after 2-0 minutes of play.
Ron Wilson’s squad regained its composure and reeled off three straight goals in the next two periods, outshooting their opponents 28-7 over that span. Mikhail Grabovski scored a pair over that stretch while Mike Van Ryn chipped in with a seeing-eye point shot. The line of Grabovski, Niklas Hagman (who scored the Leafs first goal) and Nikolai Kulemin combined for seven points on the night.
Niclas Wallin ended the game by scoring at 1:52 of overtime.
In each of the last six games in which the Leafs have earned points, they have rallied from a deficit of at least two goals on every occasion.
Toronto travels to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Steen-Mitchell-Blake, White-Moore-Mayers
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Kubina, Van Ryn-Stralman, Finger-Schenn
Goaltenders: Toskala (OT Loss: 61:52 minutes, 19 saves, 5 GA) Joseph (0:00)
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