TORONTO -- With 30 games left in the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes can’t afford to slip.
That’s what they did Thursday night in one of their more regrettable losses of the season.
The Canes slipped and the Toronto Maple Leafs made them pay in a 3-0 shutout at the Air Canada Centre.
The Hurricanes (25-21-6) were trying to keep pace or maybe pass the Atlanta Thrashers, who’ve held onto the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot for weeks.
Luckily for the Canes, the Thrashers fell to the Calgary Flames Thursday; But a Carolina win would have put them a point ahead of Atlanta.