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TORONTO – Eric Staal scored twice and Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Brad Malone and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to 6-2-1 this month.
Nazem Kadri scored with 5:11 remaining to end Khudobin's shutout bid and end Toronto's scoring drought at 162:14. The Maple Leafs, back home after a winless four-game trip, have lost five straight and fell to 1-6-0 under interim coach Peter Horachek.
The Hurricanes controlled play against the Leafs, chasing starting goalie Jonathan Bernier after he gave up Staal's first goal in the opening minute of the second period. Bernier gave up three goals on 13 shots, and was replaced by James Reimer — who stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Staal capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining in the game.