Canes maintain dominance over Leafs with 6-4 win

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Carolina's Brandon Sutter netted twice in a wild third period as the Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 Monday.

Sutter gave Carolina a 3-1 lead early in the third and when Toronto's Tim Brent scored twice in a minute to tie the game he struck again to put the Hurricanes back in front.

Jeff Skinner gave Carolina another two-goal cushion at 11:02 but Mike Brown's power-play goal three minutes later brought the Leafs back into the game at 5-4.

Erik Cole scored an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the win for Carolina (24-19-6), who defeated the Maple Leafs for the fifth consecutive time. They have also won nine of their last 11 meetings.

Toronto (19-24-5) have lost five of their last six games overall.

Carolina's Joe Corvo opened the scoring in the first period before Tomas Kaberle equalized. Jamie McBain scored midway through the second period to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)