TORONTO — The Carolina Hurricanes used a three-goal third period to rally for a 3-2 victory on Thursday over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost goalie James Reimer to an injury.
Ron Hainsey scored the game-winner for the Hurricanes. It was Toronto’s first loss since Oct. 8.
Hainsey’s goal was controversial because he banked a pass off the boards in his defensive zone that appeared to be icing.
No Hurricanes player touched it, but Carolina forward Radek Dvorak beat Leafs defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson to the faceoff circles.
Because of the new hybrid icing rule that was instituted for the season, the linesman waived off icing.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier did not play the puck, and it deflected off the boards and off his right skate and into the net.
The NHL had hybrid icing during the preseason, and it was put into effect when the players’ association voted to approve it after the test run.
Bernier allowed three goals on 14 shots in the third period after stopping the first 23 he faced in relief of Reimer, who left the game 32 seconds in with an apparent head injury.
Leafs winger Josh Leivo accidentally collided with Reimer as the goalie was trying to cover the puck outside the crease.
For a while, it looked as if Reimer’s injury would not cost the Leafs against the Hurricanes, thanks to more timely offence.
Joffrey Lupul scored his sixth goal of the season 2:30 into the second period after his shot went in off Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera. Leivo scored his first career goal 6:47 into the second by picking a corner on Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.
But the Hurricanes began carrying the play in the second period as well, outshooting the Leafs 28 to 14 combined in the second and third periods.
Carolina defenseman Ryan Murphy scored a power-play goal at 2:54 of the third on a shot that went off Dave Bolland’s stick and past Bernier.
The Hurricanes tied the score at 2-2 when Eric Staal beat Bernier with a wrist shot from the middle of the ice at 6:48 into the third period, after defenseman Justin Faulk kept the puck in at the blue line and found Carolina’s captain wide open between the faceoff circles.
Staal’s shot went past a sliding Carl Gunarsson and found the corner over Bernier’s left shoulder.
The comeback was complete at the 13:04 mark on the goal that was credited to Hainsey.