Kessel Scores 2, Leads Maple Leafs Over Hurricanes

TORONTO (AP) - Phil Kessel scored twice, reaching the 20-goal plateau for the sixth straight season, to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday night.

The speedy Leafs forward could have had more, but he failed to score on two breakaways.

Nikolai Kulemin, Paul Ranger and Dion Phaneuf, with an empty-net goal with 8 seconds remaining, also scored for Toronto.

Nathan Gerbe and Justin Faulk had goals for Carolina (14-16-9), which has lost five straight including two in overtime.

Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves as Carolina outshot Toronto 43-27.

The game marked the halfway point of the season for Toronto (20-16-5) and was its last outing before Wednesday's outdoor Winter Classic against Detroit at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.