Hurricanes Win In OT Again

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2002 Playoffs

Jeff O'Neill scored 6:01 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

"All the games have been decided by 2-1. We are fortunate to win both of ours in overtime," Hurricanes goalie Arturs Irbe said. "The first three periods almost feel like overtime. We find the ways to find heroes every night and win those overtime games."

Ron Francis also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to 5-1 in overtime this postseason.

"It's interesting because it's such a quiet room before you go into those overtime periods," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "They look like they have played a game, but there is definitely a calm in that locker room before we go into overtime."

Toronto was missing head coach Pat Quinn, who was in a hospital undergoing tests for an undisclosed chest condition. Listed in stable condition, Quinn remained hospitalized overnight as a precaution.

"I don't think it helps that you're without your coach," center Alyn McCauley said. "But I didn't feel like we were handicapped or that it disrupted us behind the bench."

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