Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Josh Jooris Scores Twice to Lead Hurricanes Past Maple Leafs 6-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Josh Jooris Scores Twice to Lead Hurricanes Past Maple Leafs 6-3

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Jooris lead Hurricanes past Maple Leafs 6-3


TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs capped a solid 10-game season-opening stretch on Thursday night with one of their worst efforts in recent memory.

From suspect goaltending to shaky defence to blown scoring opportunities, a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was a scoreline that could have been uglier for Toronto.

Let's just say it won't be a surprise if the Maple Leafs have bag-skate drills in their future.

"Non-competitive right from the start until the end," said Toronto head coach Mike Babcock.

Josh Jooris scored twice and Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night for the Hurricanes, who led 2-0 early in the first period and scored three unanswered goals over the final 30 minutes.

Carolina outshot Toronto 38-34.

"They deserved to win, we didn't deserve to win," Babcock said. "We didn't work, they worked. They were organized, we were unorganized. They were prepared, we were unprepared."

This contest had a pond hockey feel from the start. It was true October hockey with little flow and choppy play at both ends of the ice.

"I think we've got to play with more pride," said Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen.

The Hurricanes weren't much better than the Leafs, they just took advantage of their opportunities.

"We were working super hard the whole game," said Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling. "Retrieving pucks, getting pucks deep, back-checking hard. The (Leafs are) a really good team, really skilled."

The Maple Leafs showed flashes of the play that helped them win seven of their first 10 games.

But Toronto never recovered after Victor Rask scored a go-ahead goal midway through the second period. Brock McGinn and Jooris put the game away with insurance goals.

Elias Lindholm and Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes (4-3-1), who ended a two-game losing skid. Auston Matthews, Zach Hyman and Dominic Moore had the goals for Toronto (7-3-0).

Rask's goal came after a poor clearing effort by Andreas Borgman behind the Toronto net. …

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