Highlights of Thursday's NHL games

Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:45am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games:

Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1

Cam Ward made 25 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes rode a strong start and solid finish to a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs that ended a six-game losing streak.

Chris Terry, Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera and Elias Lindholm scored for a goal-shy Carolina team that struck three times for the first time in nine games.

Toronto offered little resistance in losing for the first time in six games with a second-period goal from defenseman Dion Phaneuf their only positive contribution to the scoring.

Toronto (19-10-3), the NHL's highest-scoring team with 3.45 goals per game entering the contest, was held to less than two goals for only the second time since October.

Ducks 2, Canadiens 1   Continued...

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) celebrates the victory with forward Eric Staal (12) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports