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Maple Leafs eye third straight win, face Hurricanes

Toronto (5-3-3) at Carolina (5-3-2), 5:00 pm EDT

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have

become one of the most exciting teams in the NHL, even if their

record might not suggest it.

Thanks to a string of impressive offensive efforts, the Maple

Leafs will look to extend their winning streak to three on

Sunday when they face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first game

of a home-and-home series.

After scoring 11 goals in its first six games, Toronto recorded

20 in its last five contests, posting a 4-1-0 record in the

process. The Maple Leafs' latest scoring parade came on

Saturday when they erased a two-goal deficit and zapped the New

York Rangers, 5-2, at the Air Canada Center.

Rookie John Mitchell netted his first and second NHL career

tallies to highlight a five-goal rally in the third period as

Toronto won for the fourth time in its last five after starting

the season 1-2-3.

Starting his fifth consecutive contest, Vesa Toskala made 18

saves for the Maple Leafs.

The Hurricanes, however, have lost three of their last five and

scoring woes have been the reason why. Following a 3-1-1 start,

the team has registered only four goals in its past three games

and nine in its last five.

A first-period tally by Ray Whitney was all Carolina could

muster in its 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Cam

Ward made 29 saves in his fourth straight start and may be

rested in favor of Michael Leighton in this one.



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