Leafs push hard against Hurricanes, but fall 4-1

<p ><p >The Leafs put in a hard-fought effort against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night but were unable to come back against Carolina, falling 4-1 in the second half of a back-to-back.</p ></p ><p ><h3 >LEAFS HAVE FIRST GOAL OVERTURNED; CANES STRIKE BEFORE FIRST INTERMISSION TO CARRY LEAD INTO SECOND</h3 ><p >Playing in the second game in as many nights, the Leafs were looking to win their second straight game. And it looked as if Toronto got out on the right foot late in the first period against the Hurricanes when centre <span >Auston Matthews</span > made a phenomenal cross-ice pass to winger <span >William Nylander</span >, who fired it past Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek. However, the Canes challenged the goal for being offside, and the officials ruled in Carolina's favour, disallowing it and keeping the score 0-0.</p ><p >And unfortunately for the lively crowd at Scotiabank Arena, the Canes scored before the first period ended to take a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. The visitors outshot Toronto 10-2 in the period, and the Leafs had a number of issues trying to establish some offensive structure. In addition, Carolina used its speed and skill to match and beat the Buds to loose pucks, and Toronto wasn't able to capitalize on either of its first period power plays, so the Leafs had work to do in the second.</p ><h3 >HURRICANES BOOST LEAD EARLY IN SECOND, BUT TAVARES CUTS LEAD IN HALF VIA POWER PLAY GOAL</h3 ><p >The Leafs improved their shot count in the second, but Carolina struck for its second goal of the night at 2:13 when blueliner Dougie Hamilton scored on the power play. Toronto showed resilience after that, pressuring the Canes into taking their third minor penalty of the night - and centre <span >John Tavares</span > made them pay, knocking his own rebound into Carolina's net with 9:05 left in the period:</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-67424103&quot; >Video: CAR@TOR: Tavares knocks in own rebound for PPG</code ></span > </p ><p >Tavares' goal was his team-leading 47th of the season, and it put wind back in the Leafs' sails for the remainder of the frame: Toronto had 12 shots in the second, while Carolina had 13. But the Buds nearly tied it a number of times near the end of the period, and looked hungry to even the score as soon as the second intermission ended.</p ><h3 >LEAFS CONTINUE PRESSURING CAROLINA IN THIRD, BUT CANES GET THIRD GOAL FROM STAAL TO LOCK UP WIN</h3 ><p >Toronto outshot the Canes 7-4 through the first half of the third period, and, as they did in the second period, the Leafs came close to evening the score on multiple occasions. But the Hurricanes - who are fighting tooth-and-nail to lock up one of the wild card playoff berths - responded at the 9:36 mark of the third when centre Jordan Staal beat Leafs goalie <span >Garret Sparks</span > to restore Carolina's two-goal lead. The Canes added an empty-net goal with 47.2 seconds left, as Mrazek and the Hurricanes held off the Leafs' push to earn a road win. </p ><p >The Leafs have a break Wednesday, but return to Scotiabank Arena Thursday night to host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final home game of the season. They already know that the Boston Bruins await them in the first round of the playoffs, but Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will no doubt want to use his final two regular-season games (including Toronto's last game of the year, in Montreal on Saturday) to prepare his players for what promises to be a significant battle.</p ></p >

The Leafs put in a hard-fought effort against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night but were unable to come back against Carolina, falling 4-1 in the second half of a back-to-back.

LEAFS HAVE FIRST GOAL OVERTURNED; CANES STRIKE BEFORE FIRST INTERMISSION TO CARRY LEAD INTO SECOND

Playing in the second game in as many nights, the Leafs were looking to win their second straight game. And it looked as if Toronto got out on the right foot late in the first period against the Hurricanes when centre Auston Matthews made a phenomenal cross-ice pass to winger William Nylander, who fired it past Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek. However, the Canes challenged the goal for being offside, and the officials ruled in Carolina's favour, disallowing it and keeping the score 0-0.

And unfortunately for the lively...

The Leafs put in a hard-fought effort against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night but were unable to comeback against Carolina, falling 4-1 in the second half of a back-to-back.

Rosen Post - 040219

Toronto Maple Leafs

"It’s for sure fun to be here now and get these games in, and just going to keep working."

Calle Rosen speaks with the media after playing in his second consecutive game tonight.

Canucks Fan Wins Ultimate Road Trip

Vancouver Canucks

When a t-shirt parachutes from the sky and you win the Ultimate Fan Road Trip! 😱 😎

Xfinity Play of the Game PIT 4/2

Detroit Red Wings

With the assist on Mantha's empty-net goal, Tyler Bertuzzi becomes the first player in franchise history to record 3+ points in four consecutive games - tonight's Xfinity Play of the Game! #LGRW

JetsTV Postgame Report presented by Winnipeg Supply Service Experts.

Winnipeg Jets

JetsTV's Mitchell Clinton recaps tonight's 5-1 fall in Minnesota in the JetsTV Postgame Report presented by Winnipeg Supply Service Experts.

Marchand Notches 100th Point

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand is the 10th player in Bruins history to record a 💯 point season. The others:

Johnny Bucyk
Phil Esposito
Ken Hodge
Joe Juneau
Rick Middleton
Adam Oates
Bobby Orr
Barry Pederson
Joe Thornton

DeBrusk Pots Two in B's Win

Boston Bruins

BRUINS WIN!!! 🙌

Jake DeBrusk scored two goals to pace the B's to a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Game Recap and Highlights: https://bbru.in/2TMBpP6

Brad Marchand registered his 100th point of the season tonight in Columbus.,,He..

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand registered his 100th point of the season tonight in Columbus.

He is the first Bruin to accomplish that feat since Joe Thornton in 2002-03.

Rosen Goal - 040119

Toronto Maple Leafs

Calle-ing the shots.

Rosen has his first career NHL goal to open the scoring tonight!

Lining up against the Islanders.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Lining up against the Islanders.