Hurricanes beat Leafs 6-3 with emergency backup Dave Ayres

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The Hurricanes shared an incredible moment with Ayres when he walked into the locker room to celebrate the victory.

"[But] I told the boys in the intermission, 'I'll be ready to go'".

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Reimer started for the Hurricanes against his former team, but left with a lower-body injury in the first period after being bowled over in his crease.

He was called into action for the Hurricanes in the second period, coming onto the ice wearing the helmet and other equipment of his favoured Toronto team.

David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, served as the emergency goalie for the Hurricanes.

Ayres made eight saves on 10 shots, was credited with a shot on goal, and got the win.

"I really think they're still searching for that identity", Loughead said. I was in the media room by myself and a guy came in and said, 'Get going. "We don't care if you let 10 goals in.' That settled me right down and it was great".

Aho made it 4-1 with Clifford in the penalty box for charging at 13:17, but Tavares scored on the first shot against Ayres through the pads 19 seconds later.

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Every NHL team has a player like Ayres listed for emergency purposes-a backup-backup goaltender, who doesn't expect to play, but wins the privilege of sitting on the bench and wearing a real jersey with his name on the back.

Forward Chris Kreider isn't going anywhere after signing a seven-year $45 million contract to stay with the New York Rangers And Patrick Marleau finds himself back in the Eastern Conference after being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

Ayres told reporters after the game that he had been a designated backup goalie in the past, but this was the first time he had ever been forced to play. Tampa Bay is the league leader with 6.1 assists per game, led by Cameron Gaunce averaging 1.0. On Sunday, the Hurricanes announced that Ayers will be present for their home game Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars. They are making sure he will get a cut of the royalties from the sale as well as donating a portion of the proceeds to a kidney foundation of his choosing. He is also a kidney transplant survivor, according to NBC Sports.

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As he did a year ago when he acquired Jake Muzzin a month before the National Hockey League trade deadline, Kyle Dubas got his heavy lifting done well in advance of the deadline this year.

"It's pretty special", Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "And I was nervous for the whole second period".

Reimer will be out "for a while". The Coyotes put the cherry on top with a 7th goal with just over a minute to go to secure the win.

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic: The Columbus Blue Jackets have been decimated by injuries. It will likely not mean much in terms of Stanley Cups won or lost, but that won't keep the talking heads from beating it to death from dawn until well into the evening. Florida played at Vegas later on Saturday night. It was very apparent when he was out of the lineup we missed him deeply. He's got to get a good, full practice in.

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