Hurricanes set shots record, hand Maple Leafs rare road loss
Take 29 in first period, McElhinney makes 30 saves to defeat former team
Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves against his former team, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at PNC Arena on Wednesday.
“It feels good, I’m not going to lie,” McElhinney said. “It was a tough way to leave Toronto, but I certainly understand what the circumstances were. It’s a huge win for us considering where they are in the standings.”
McElhinney, claimed off waivers from Toronto on Oct. 2, won his second straight game for Carolina (10-8-3). The 35-year-old, 11-season veteran is 5-2-0 this season.
John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs (15-7-0), who had won four straight games, and nine of 10 on the road. Frederik Andersen made 40 saves but lost for the first time in seven starts.
“Bottom line is we didn’t get what we wanted here today,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “Ideally, it’s a good lesson for all of us. If we’re not prepared, we have no chance at success, and we’ll move on.”
John Tavares became the 5th different player in @MapleLeafs franchise history and first in the modern era (1943-44) to score 11+ goals through his teams first 11 road games. The others:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 22, 2018