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Carolina beats Toronto 6-3 with help of emergency goaltender

Carolina Hurricanes v Florida Panthers
Posted at 9:48 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 09:48:38-05

TORONTO (AP) — Emergency backup goalie Dave Ayres made eight saves in relief of Carolina's two injured netminders in the Hurricanes' 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, was forced into action midway through the second period after Carolina's James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured.

The Hurricanes were leading 3-1 when the 42-year-old Ayres took over. Warren Foegele scored twice, Martin Necas had a goal and an assist, and Lucas Wallmark, Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina.

Alexander Kerfoot, Pierre Engvall and John Tavares scored for Toronto.