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Leafs Bust Out On Offence In Win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Leafs Bust Out On Offence In Win
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Anaheim Ducks 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Toronto Maple Leafs came into the Honda Center winless and struggling to score. A game against undisciplined Anaheim Ducks turned out to be the perfect tonic for both problems.

Niklas Hagman scored three of Toronto's five power-play goals, and the Maple Leafs finally slowed the worst start in franchise history with a 6-3 victory over the struggling Ducks on Monday night.

Veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle scored a career-high five points and Lee Stempniak added a career-best four as the Maple Leafs (1-7-1) recouped some pride for the Original Six franchise, which stumbled to that miserable start with all-around faulty play.

After improved efforts in the past two games, Toronto got it going with outstanding special-teams work - a particular source of pride for Kaberle, the longtime Toronto defenceman.

``It is a big relief,'' Kaberle said. ``It feels good to get the win. We never thought we would go (winless) until late October. ... Every line played simple hockey. Most of the night, we played in their zone. We used their penalties to our advantage, and that makes the game simple.''

Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Montreal 3 New York Islanders 2 (OT); New York Rangers 5 Phoenix 2; and Chicago 3 Minnesota 1.

At Anaheim, Calif., Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves to earn his first NHL victory in his first start in nearly three weeks as Toronto repeatedly capitalized on Anaheim's 17 penalties and all-around sloppy play. The Maple Leafs scored four goals while Anaheim had just three skaters on the ice, including three two-man advantage goals.

``Hopefully we'll remember next game how good it feels, and we'll get another lead,'' Hagman said. ``We had quite a few opportunities on the power play, and most of them were obvious penalties. It's fun to score, but today, getting the win felt real good.''

Kaberle had a goal and four assists, while Stempniak contributed a goal and three assists. Matt Stajan added three assists.

Petteri Nokelainen, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored for the slumping Ducks, whose penalty-killers struggled even more than the Maple Leafs' league-worst unit. Jonas Hiller stopped 33 shots, but couldn't keep up with the Maple Leafs' lengthy advantages during Anaheim's fourth straight loss.

The Ducks have given up 21 goals during their skid _ and a team with a lengthy history of racking up penalty minutes couldn't overcome its weaknesses.

``It was a special night coming back here, but it feels even better getting the win,'' said defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who left Anaheim in the off-season to sign with Toronto. ``We were struggling to score goals, and tonight we had plenty of opportunities to get it done. We knew that's how they were going to play, because that's Anaheim, and we could capitalize on it.''

Mikhail Grabovski scored a two-man advantage goal for Toronto in the first period, and Hagman converted another two-man advantage midway through the second. Kaberle added a 4-on-3 goal with 13:49 to play during yet another delayed penalty by the Ducks, and Hagman completed his hat trick with 9:50 left on yet another 5-on-3 goal.

``It just seemed like everything we were trying to do went against us,'' Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. ``We turned the puck over in the second period probably four or five times in neutral ice, and those are things you cannot do in a 2-1 hockey game. In the third period, it just seemed to fall apart for us in the first 10 minutes.''

Toronto general manager Brian Burke watched from the press box in his new team's first visit to the franchise he led to its lone Stanley Cup title in 2007. Burke left the Ducks last November, saying he wanted to work closer to his family, and swiftly took over the Maple Leafs.

Former teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Beauchemin exchanged shoves and nearly fought in the first period after Getzlaf slashed the former Anaheim defenceman. Perry ended up with a double minor for roughing after the 10-man scrum, leading to two goals for the Leafs.

The rough play continued in the second period when Stempniak nearly left his skates to send Todd Marchant into the boards, hitting the back of his head on the glass. Stempniak wasn't penalized, and Carlyle later said he didn't think it was a dirty hit, but Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer got a roughing penalty in the ensuing shoving match, giving Toronto another two-man advantage _ and Hagman capitalized again.

``We didn't stick with what we've been talking about, there's no doubt about it,'' Niedermayer said. ``If we were focused on our game and what we were trying to do to win the game, we wouldn't have taken all those penalties.''

Ryan added a power-play goal late in the second, ending a six-game goal drought with just his second goal and fourth point of an unimpressive season for the top-line winger.

Game Notes: Gustavsson hadn't played since Oct. 6 after injuring his groin. Toronto activated him from injured reserve Sunday. ... Expatriate Canadians didn't come close to filling the Honda Center for just the Leafs' third visit in more than 11 years. Toronto's last two visits to Anaheim were in November 2003 and January 2008. ... Toronto won't match the longest skid in team history, when the Leafs lost 10 straight from Jan. 15-Feb. 8, 1967 before winning the Stanley Cup later that year.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:28
ANA
Petteri Nokelainen (1) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (5), Bobby Ryan (2)
1 - 0 ANA
14:34
TOR
PPG - Mikhail Grabovski (2) ASST: Matt Stajan (2), Tomas Kaberle (6)
1 - 1 Tie
15:50
TOR
PPG - Niklas Hagman (4) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (7), Lee Stempniak (1)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
08:40
TOR
PPG - Niklas Hagman (5) ASST: Lee Stempniak (2), Tomas Kaberle (8)
3 - 1 TOR
15:16
ANA
PPG - Bobby Ryan (2) ASST: Corey Perry (6), Scott Niedermayer (6)
3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
03:58
TOR
Lee Stempniak (2) ASST: Matt Stajan (3), Jason Blake (2)
4 - 2 TOR
06:11
TOR
PPG - Tomas Kaberle (1) ASST: Lee Stempniak (3), John Mitchell (3)
5 - 2 TOR
10:10
TOR
PPG - Niklas Hagman (6) ASST: Matt Stajan (4), Tomas Kaberle (9)
6 - 2 TOR
13:27
ANA
Corey Perry (5) ASST: Brendan Mikkelson (2), Ryan Getzlaf (7)
6 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:54
ANA
George Parros  Fighting against  Colton Orr
02:54
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting against  George Parros
02:54
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct against  George Parros
08:04
ANA
Todd Marchant  Roughing against  Matt Stajan
08:04
TOR
Matt Stajan  Cross checking against  Todd Marchant
10:35
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Abuse of officials
12:08
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Niklas Hagman
12:08
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Niklas Hagman
12:08
TOR
Niklas Hagman  Roughing against  Corey Perry
12:08
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Slashing against  Lee Stempniak
13:44
ANA
James Wisniewski  Slashing against  Lee Stempniak
17:45
ANA
Petteri Nokelainen  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
06:48
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
08:10
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Roughing against  Lee Stempniak
14:48
TOR
Colton Orr  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
3rd Period
04:26
ANA
Mike Brown  Roughing against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
04:26
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Roughing against  Mike Brown
04:53
ANA
James Wisniewski  Slashing against  Niklas Hagman
06:11
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Interference against  Mikhail Grabovski
08:51
ANA
George Parros  Misconduct
08:51
ANA
Nick Boynton  Roughing against  Francois Beauchemin
08:51
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  George Parros
08:51
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Roughing against  Corey Perry
08:51
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Francois Beauchemin
08:51
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
09:09
ANA
Saku Koivu  Slashing against  Ian White
14:34
TOR
John Mitchell  Hooking against  James Wisniewski
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 28TOI: 58:46
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 2 - 2
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
3-4-0
SA: 39TOI: 59:57
Saves: 33EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 21
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
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