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Antropov scores twice to lead Maple Leafs past Hurricanes 4-1

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Maple Leafs\' Alexei Ponikarovsky (23) brings the puck around the back of the net while being defended by Hurricanes\' Glen Wesley (2). (AP Photo/Karl B. DeBlaker) Author: The Hockey News

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Antropov scores twice to lead Maple Leafs past Hurricanes 4-1

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Bates Battaglia and Tomas Kaberle, into the empty net, had the other goals for Toronto. Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots. Toronto outshot Carolina 38-29 and won for the fourth time in five games. Ray Whitney scored and Cam Ward stopped 34 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of five.

Ward was pulled for an extra attacker with about 2½ minutes remaining, but the Hurricanes couldn't get anything going against Raycroft.

Antropov put Toronto ahead for good 37 seconds into the third. Kaberle started the play with a slapshot from the point that was stopped by Ward. Antropov then backhanded the puck past the diving goalie to make it 2-1.

Antropov scored again with about four minutes left. He took the puck behind the net, made a move on Scott Walker and tucked the puck off the back of Ward's left skate.

Battaglia put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 with six minutes remaining in the first when he tipped in the rebound of John Pohl's shot from the left circle for his first goal in five games.

Whitney tied it two minutes later when he took a pass from Dennis Seidenberg, moved through Toronto's defence and stuffed the puck between Raycroft's pads for his 21st goal.

It was just the Hurricanes' fourth shot on goal. At one point, the Maple Leafs outshot Carolina 10-1. They dodged trouble when Eric Belanger missed a penalty shot.

Belanger, who was awarded the attempt when he was brought down on a breakaway by Carlo Colaiacovo, faked a slapshot from the slot but missed the net with a wrist shot. That left the Hurricanes scoreless on three penalty-shot tries this season.

Notes: Carolina LW Erik Cole (lower-body contusion) didn't play . . . C Boyd Devereaux and D Brendan Bell were scratched for Toronto . . . Hurricanes D Niclas Wallin returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury . . . Whitney has goals in three straight home games and leads the team with 58 points . . . The Maple Leafs hold a 2-1 series lead, winning twice in Raleigh.

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Antropov scores twice to lead Maple Leafs past Hurricanes 4-1