The Leafs have gotten second-period goals from Joffrey Lupul and rookie forward Josh Leivo and have a 2-0 lead in a game that had a startling start.
Leafs goalie James Reimer was injured 32 seconds into the first. Reimer was reaching with his stick for a rebound after a Jordan Staal shot when he was hit by Leivo, who accidently tumbled over the fallen goaltender.
Reimer, coming off a 36-save game in a 4-1 win over Minnesota, was down on his knees for several moments as he was being treated. Jonathan Bernier had to quickly come on in relief as Reimer was helped off the ice, and made a stop on an Eric Staal shot soon after taking over in net.
Cam Ward was in goal for the Canes and made perhaps his most spectacular save of the season, thwarting Mason Raymond on a shorthanded one-timer. Ward stuck out his right pad for the stop with 7:21 left in the first -- one of 12 saves in the first period.
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In the second, Lupul was able to score after a scrum in front of the net. With Ward sprawled, Lupul chipped the puck into the net for his sixth of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Leivo, likely fueled with added motivation after hurting Reimer, then scored the first goal of his NHL career. On a two-on-one rush, Leivo beat Ward to the short side with a rising shot for a 2-0 lead sith 13:13 left in the period.
The Canes had a chance to take the lead early in the second when Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu had a two-on-one rush. But Ruutu couldn’t control Staal’s pass and get enough stick on the puck.
A minute later, Jordan Staal had a breakaway but couldn’t convert -- another opportunity squandered by the Canes.
The Leafs came into the game second in the NHL on the power play, having scored on 9 of 27 this season. The Leafs had three in the opening period but some aggressive penalty killing by the Canes limited Toronto to two shots on goal, and Carolina killed off another penalty in the second.
The Canes had two first-period power plays and managed four of their 10 shots in the period. The Canes had a 24-18 shooting edge after two periods.