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Leafs tighten Eastern race

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had two power-play goals and added an assist, and rookie James Reimer made 36 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Toronto is 10th in the Eastern Conference, two points behind ninth-place Carolina and four back of eighth-place Buffalo for the final playoff spot.

Phaneuf broke a tie with 9:09 left in the second period, blasting a shot past Cam Ward's glove, then helped set up Tyler Bozak's goal 12 seconds later. Bozak took advantage of weak defensive coverage by the Hurricanes and tipped Darryl Boyce's centering pass from the boards past Ward.

Coming off a 6-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night, Toronto is 5-0-2 in its last seven road games.

Chad LaRose scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes are 1-4-1 their last six games, failing to score more than two goals in a game during that stretch.

Ward made 16 saves a night after stopping 40 shots in Carolina's 1-0 victory over Buffalo.

Both teams had power-play goals in the first period,

Carolina struck first when LaRose deflected in Brandon Sutter's wrist shot. LaRose and Sutter were inserted into the first unit of the power play because of the Hurricanes' recent ineffectiveness.

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