Posted November 20, 2011 on AP on Fox
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With a depleted lineup and a shaky situation in net, the Toronto Maple Leafs have become more reliant on Phil Kessel. Joffrey Lupul is certainly stepping up as well. Lupul and the Maple Leafs will visit the struggling Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, going for their third straight win in the series. Toronto (11-7-2) has been inundated with injuries recently, including to starting goaltender James Reimer and forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur, who have combined for 11 goals. Defenseman Mike Komisarek needs surgery for a broken arm and will be out at least eight weeks. While the injuries have placed more pressure on Kessel, who leads the NHL with 14 goals and 27 points, the Maple Leafs had 10 players record at least one point in a 7-1 victory over Washington on Saturday - just their second win in seven games. Kessel and Lupul each had a minus-4 rating in a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Thursday, but Kessel had a goal and an assist Saturday while Lupul had a goal and three ...
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