RALEIGH, North Carolina — — John Tavares scored the decisive goal in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
“I’m just happy with the win,” Kallgren said. “We played so solid defensively. Games like this make things very, very easy for me.
The result added to a rewarding two-day streak for the Maple Leafs, who beat the Boston Bruins Saturday evening.
“We said it was a big weekend for us, especially with back-to-back games against two great teams,” Maple Leafs right winger Mitch Marner said.
“We had our chances and at the end of the day we have to play a full 60,” said the Hurricanes defender Jacob Slavin said.
Tavares skated into the slot, caught a pass from Marner and scored at 8:24 of the third on the Maple Leafs’ first shot of the period for a 2-1 lead. Tavares has a team record of eight goals.
“I just tried to put it in a place where he could just touch it with one touch,” Marner said.
Nylander added his fifth with 3:35 remaining to seal the win.
The Maple Leafs won despite Auston Matthews failing to register a shot on goal for the first time this season. He had at least three shots in every previous game and averaged 5.1 per game.
“We have a deep team here,” Marner said. “It’s great to see all four lines contributing.”
The Maple Leafs were limited to a season-low 21 shots on goal.
“You make a little mistake and they’re going to make you pay,” Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal said. “And that was it.”
The Hurricanes had scored at least two goals in every game this season.
“I didn’t think we were good, but we certainly weren’t bad,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We have to capitalize on a few chances we’ve had.”
Noesen’s power play goal at 8:11 of the first period opened the scoring. It was his second of the season and his second in four games.
“We were in a good position there,” Brind’Amour said. “We just didn’t put the hammer down there and move on.”
Jarnkrok tied the game with 1:30 left in the second when he scored the third goal of the season.
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The Hurricanes have scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games. They never reached that mark last season, with five straight three-game streaks.
Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov went on the injured list on Sunday, a day after suffering a knee injury against Boston.
In his place, Keith Petruzzelli was called up from Toronto of the AHL for his first NHL assignment as a substitute. He was 6-0-0 with the Marlies.
“It’s been a little crazy,” Petruzzelli said. “Not a lot of sleep, a lot of travel and a lot of excitement.”
Maple Leafs: Vegas hosts Tuesday night.
Hurricanes: in Florida Wednesday evening.