Leafs storm back to beat Hurricanes

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 in a National Hockey League game on...

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 in a National Hockey League game on March 28, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Joffrey Lupul scores the winning goal to make it 4-3 in the third period. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

TORONTO - So now we know what Joffrey Lupul can do for an encore.

With goals in every game since his return from a broken arm, the dynamic Leafs forward looked headed for a rare night off the scoresheet Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.

But after his team blew a 2-0 lead to the struggling Carolina Hurricanes, Lupul may have had his biggest of seven goals so far, allowing the Leafs to rally for a 6-3 victory as the drive for the playoffs continues.

And it may have been the burgeoning star Leafs forward’s best so far as well.

Taking the puck in his own end, Lupul took the game in his own hands, going coast-to-coast, finally blowing by Hurricanes defenceman Joe Corvo and stuffing it past goaltender Justin Peters. With just 3:10 remaining, the Leafs weren’t going to allow the visitors back into either the game and perhaps the playoff race as the important two points moved the Leafs 10 up on the ‘Canes.

 


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