NHL: Toronto 3, Carolina 2

Nov. 6, 2009 at 10:18 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Jason Blake's third-period goal Friday proved to be the game-winner in Toronto's 3-2 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Blake stuffed a rebound off a slap shot by Lee Stempniak past Carolina goalie Cam Ward to break a 2-2 tie with 8:24 to play.

The loss extended the Hurricanes' losing streak to 11 games and gave the Leafs their second win of the season.

Ward had 23 saves. Sergei Samsonov and Brandon Sutter scored Carolina's two goals.

Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell also scored for Toronto and John Gustavsson recorded 34 saves.

The Hurricanes had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period when Sutter backhanded a loose puck into the net at 7:51 and Samsonov scored on a rebound with 2:38 to play in the stanza.

Toronto came back with Mitchell's one-timer just 1:12 into the second period and Kulemin's game-tying goal with 12:37 to play in the period.

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