Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 20th
Maple Leafs5
Game 2: Thursday, November 3rd
Maple Leafs3Final
Game 3: Friday, November 25th
Maple Leafs3Final
Game 4: Tuesday, March 21st
Maple Leafs3

Hurricanes 4

(3-2-1, 7 pts)

Maple Leafs 5

(4-1-2, 10 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
CAR 1 1 2 04
TOR 2 1 1 15

K. Klee (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

M. Stajan (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Carolina (3-2-0) at Toronto (3-1-2) 7:30 pm EDT

Carolina (3-2-0) at Toronto (3-1-2), 7:30 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Two of the hottest teams in hockey square off Thursday when the Toronto Maple Leafs open a three-game homestand by welcoming the Carolina Hurricanes to the Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs have rebounded from a slow start to win three straight games by a combined score of 16-5. On Saturday night, Toronto posted a 3-2 victory at Montreal behind a pair of goals by Eric Lindros, including the game-winner with under eight minutes left.

Carolina also has been playing well of late, posting a pair of impressive victories this week. After trouncing Washington, 7-2, earlier in the week, the Hurricanes rolled over New Jersey, 6-1, on Saturday as captain Rod Brind'Amour scored twice.

The Hurricanes will run into former friend Jeff O'Neill on Thursday. The team traded O'Neill to the Maple Leafs on July 30 and the 29-year-old has paid immediate dividends, scoring four goals this season, including three in Friday's 9-1 win at Atlanta.

The key for Carolina might be controlling Toronto's power play, which has gone 15-for-51 so far this season. The Hurricanes are 7-for-38 with the man advantage.

The teams split four meetings during the 2003-04 campaign.