Despite losing three in a row and five of their last six, there were good vibes all around the RBC Center tonight as the Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. You would think that Carolina woudl have struggled in this game given the current state of their team and the Leafs 7-1 thrashing of the Washington Capitals the night before. Desipte that, the Leafs are a team who are dressing at least three AHL-level forwards right now, one AHL defenseman and were starting their third string goalie. They were also playing their second night of a back-to-back on the road, which usually doesn't bode well no matter who you are.
When you consider all of those points, the outcome of tonight's game shouldn't surprise too many people. The Leafs looked tired for most of the night and were outchanded 24-13 overall and only had five chances in the first two periods combined. The one thing that kept them in the game the whole time was goalie Ben Scrivens, who was really the only factor that prevented this game from being at least 4-0 before the end of the second period. Despite a third period surge from the Leafs, the Canes got the job done and it was backed by one of the strongest performances we've seen from the "top line" this year.