Hurricanes Even Series In OT

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2002 Playoffs

Niclas Wallin scored 13:42 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 to tie the Eastern Conference final one game apiece.

"Like I said before, in Montreal, I'm not a goal-scorer," said Wallin, who scored his second OT game-winner of these playoffs. "In practice, I can score some goals, but in game time, I never get the chances. Now I've had two goals, overtime goals, and it's just unbelievable."

Wallin was a healthy scratch in 29 games and scored only one goal in 52 games during the regular season.

"It is still anybody's game," Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe said. "We are obviously lucky to be tied in the series because we were down. So it's now best-of-five, really. They have home-ice advantage, but you have seen throughout the playoffs that it can be an advantage in one round and in the second round it can become your nemesis."

Game 3 is Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"We had a chance to really take a good hold in the series tonight," McCauley said. "We are going to have to stay focused. I'm sure they are going to play a lot harder coming into the (Air Canada Centre) with the series tied, 1-1, than if we were up 2-0. It's going to be a much tougher task now."

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