The first period belonged to Cam Ward.

The second period belonged to the Staal brothers.

The third period began with a power-play goal by Justin Faulk and ended with Ward making one final save. It also ended with the Canes 4-1 winners over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

With Ward making 41 saves, making for a miserable night for Phil Kessel and the Leafs, the Canes evened their record at 4-4. Pat Dwyer had a goal and Jeff Skinner added three assists for Carolina, which fell behind 1-0 in the first period when the Leafs outskated and outshot the Canes.

"Cam was great tonight," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "He made huge saves and kept us in the game. He got challenged earlier and had fire in his belly. He wanted to prove something to me and it's great, because he's an elite player and goaltender.

"When he plays like he did tonight he's one of the top in the game. He was ready for tonight and showed everyone what a great goaltender he is."

Ward faced 18 shots in the first period. The only goal he allowed was to Matt Frattin, who scored off a rebound to push the Leafs ahead 1-0.

"I felt really comfortable at the start of the game," Ward said. "They were shut out the game before and we expected they would throw a lot of shots at the net. I had to be ready."

Jordan Staal picked a good time to score his first goal with the Canes. Alone in front of Leafs goalie James Reimer, the big center took a pass from Dwyer and popped in the puck for a 1-1 tie in the second period.

"It felt good. It was nice to get a goal to get us going, as well as my first as a Hurricane," Jordan Staal said.

Eric Staal made it 2-1 with a power-play goal midway through the second. His shot went off a Toronto skate and caromed past Reimer for what would be the winning goal. It was Staal's seventh goal of the season, extending his point streak to six games.

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