RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Frederik Andersen made 24 saves against his former team and the undefeated Carolina Hurricanes matched the best five-game start in franchise history by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Monday night. .
Sebastian Aho, Steven Lorentz and Nino Niederreiter all scored goals in the second period for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov added an empty net and Jaccob Slavin had two assists.
Carolina was also 5-0-0 in 2019-20.
Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots for Toronto, which is 0-3-1 in its last four games and has only managed one goal in three of them.
Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with his first goal of the season. Its envelope arrived at 3:25 in.
Since the Hurricanes failed to score in the first period, it meant they fell behind entering second for the first time this season.
Aho and Lorentz scored less than two and a half minutes apart in the second. Aho has a point in every Carolina game this season, while Lorentz scored his first goal of the season.
IT WAS TIME
Matthews was the NHL’s leader in goals with 41 last season, so putting him in the scoring column was key. He was also without an assist in his first three games.
YOU MUST BE TRAVELING
Slavin, a defender, received a slip penalty in the second period. That was his first penalty in more than 1,074 ice minutes dating back to last March. The stretch included the 2021 playoffs and covered parts of 45 games.
APPRECIATIONS FOR GOALERS
David Ayres, who made history in February 2020 by becoming the only emergency reserve goalie to score an NHL victory when he rescued the Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, was honored again in Raleigh. This time, he handled the pregame siren to welcome the Hurricanes to the ice.
A little later, Petr Mrazek, who was Carolina’s best goalkeeper for part of the past three seasons but is out of Toronto’s lineup due to injury, received a standing ovation when he was introduced during the first period. He recognized the crowd from a box in the upper arena.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Maple Leafs: Finish a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Chicago.
Hurricanes – Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the first half of their first straight game of the season.
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