There is almost never an NHL game in which a team goes on a five-goal field and does not record a point in the standings, but that was the case for the Carolina Hurricanes when they lost 8-6 to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday.
Filled with oohs and ahhs around the world, the 14-goal contest had a fluctuating momentum with the two playoff-caliber teams struggling like the Stanley Cup contenders heading into the second half of the season.
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Everything was going from Toronto early in the first period. They won 3-0 just 5:10 into the game, with John Tavares setting a franchise record for the fastest player to score three points to open a game by scoring a goal and recording two assists in the first three goals. By the end of the first, however, the Canes were able to pull back to reach 3-2.
The second period started well enough until the goalkeepers scored three goals in 64 seconds to tie and take a 5-3 lead with Martin Necas, Erik Haula and Andrei Svechnikov. They took the lead in the second break.
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After the goals of the game to open the last frame, the Leafs fans felt the pressure of the game slip through their fingers at 6-4 with half the time remaining. Fortunately, Toronto’s young weapons are great to complete the unlikely comeback.
Mitch Marner – who tied his career – five points in a game – pulled the contest within one when he got a beautiful, cross-ice, no-look, spinning feed from Auston Matthews to make the game 6-5.
Less than a minute later, Tyson Barrie tied the game with just eight minutes to go. With all their excitement on their side, Marner stole the Hurricanes directly from the contact that followed to take the lead just six seconds after Barrie swung it. An empty net goal later and the Leafs completed the comeback, taking two points in the standings and sending the Hurricanes home with a loss just before the holiday break.