Cam Ward's night took a wrong turn just 43 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Right through his five hole.
Ward, the defending Conn Smythe trophy winner as playoff MVP, allowed a Boyd Devereaux softie to go between his legs in the game's opening minute. By the 11:18 mark of the second period, he had been yanked after allowing five goals on 19 shots.
It was that type of night for Ward and his Carolina Hurricanes, who picked the wrong time to lay an egg.
"The first goal was not good, and it snowballed from there," Ward said after the 'Canes' 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Leafs.
"The important thing is, we've been playing well of late. We have to leave this one in the room and concentrate on beating Philadelphia (tonight).
"We have to look at the positives. In the span of 24 hours we can redeem ourselves."
The 'Canes now are tied with the Leafs, each with 84 points. Both teams have six games remaining.