TORONTO (AP) — Jonathan Bernier thought it was icing, and so did many of his Toronto Maple Leafs teammates.
When it wasn't, the puck banked off the boards and Bernier's skate and into the net to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night.
The NHL's new hybrid icing rule played a role in Ron Hainsey's game-winning goal because Radek Dvorak won the race to the faceoff dots over Morgan Rielly, but Bernier took the blame for the play.
"It was just a bad mistake by my part," he said. "I looked up and see where my options were. The puck was probably spinning a lot, and I misjudged it."
It was a tough night for Toronto, which lost starting goaltender James Reimer to a head injury just 32 seconds into the game and had a two-goal lead midway through the second period.
Coach Randy Carlyle said Reimer had a "headache" after winger Josh Leivo accidentally collided with Reimer as the goalie was trying to cover the puck outside the crease.
Bernier stopped the first 28 shots he faced before Ryan Murphy scored his first career NHL goal 2:54 into the third period on a Hurricanes' power play.
Murphy's shot went in off Dave Bolland's stick.
"It's your job to get back out there and take control of the game," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "We should've bounced back a little better, I thought."
But the Hurricanes kept coming.
From the start of the second period on, they outshot the Leafs 28-14 and eventually tied it on Eric Staal's goal 6:48 into the third.
The puck went right from Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk's stick, off Carl Gunnarsson's skate and to Staal.
"Some tough bounces, but it's almost karma for the way we've been playing a little bit loose," defenseman Cody Franson said.
On Hainsey's game-winner, the Leafs thought the puck was going to go around the boards instead of deflecting back toward the net.
The play happened quickly, but linesman Don Henderson waved off icing because Dvorak was the first player to the imaginary line across the faceoff dots in Toronto's zone.
"It was a great job by Radek going down the ice and getting down there to take away the icing," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said.
"Next thing I know it was in the net. I said to (assistant coach John MacLean), 'What just happened? He said: 'I think we just scored. I think it's going to count.'"