Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staal Family Scores Victory Brothers Combine to Lead Carolina Past Toronto, 4-1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staal Family Scores Victory Brothers Combine to Lead Carolina Past Toronto, 4-1

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Eric Staal has been scoring with regularity for the Carolina Hurricanes. Now that his brother Jordan has a goal of his own, the siblings might really be ready to roll.

Jordan Staal scored his first goal with the Hurricanes, and Eric added the winner in Carolina's 4-1 victory against the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It was nice to get a goal to get us going," Jordan said. "As a Hurricane, it was nice to get that first one and hopefully many more after that."

Jeff Skinner had three assists, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward backed up the offense with a 41-save performance.

Matt Frattin scored the only goal for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer made 35 saves.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Hurricanes tied it 1:21 into the second. After Skinner beat out an icing call, Dwyer fed Jordan Staal, who was alone in front, for his first goal with the Hurricanes since being acquired from the Penguins in June. Staal also assisted on Dwyer's third-period goal.

Eric Staal then hit the post with a drive a few minutes later. The Hurricanes rebounded from a sluggish opening period to grab momentum with the first nine shots of the second.

The Hurricanes captain had better luck with his next chance, giving Carolina (4-4) the lead with his seventh goal of the season at 10:21 on the power play.

"I felt really comfortable at the start of the game," Ward said. "I expected they were going to throw a lot of shots at the net, and I had to be ready. It took a little bit to get our legs but to walk into that first intermission down one we really took over the second.

"We were able to get our feet moving and capitalize on some opportunities."

With Toronto's Jay McClement serving a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after giving Ward a snow shower, Eric Staal skated out from the corner and sent a cross-crease pass that deflected in off defenseman Mike Kostka. …

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