Previous Game: Anaheim's Seven-Game Winning Streak Halted in 4-2 Loss

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 8:22 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Anaheim\'s Seven-Game Winning Streak Halted in 4-2 Loss
Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault, the Ducks wound up on the losing end of a 4-2 game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The loss ended the Ducks\' franchise-tying seven-game winning streak in the first stop of an eight-game road trip.
Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault, the Ducks wound up on the losing end of a 4-2 game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The loss ended the Ducks' franchise-tying seven-game winning streak in the first stop of an eight-game road trip.

The Ducks (7-2-0) outshot the Maple Leafs 25-to-23.

“We started collectively turning pucks over, and that’s a fast hockey team,” said Ben Lovejoy. “We gave them too many easy pucks, easy turnovers, and they were able to hit it back at us with speed. We certainly lost our composure and didn’t play how we wanted to play. That’s one of the fastest teams we’ve played, and they made us pay.”

Perhaps the turning point in the game was Anaheim’s inability to score on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:33 in the second period of a 2-2 game. Just six minutes later, Phil Kessel made the Ducks pay with his second of three goals on the night.

Jonas Hiller, who was pulled after the first period in Anaheim’s 6-3 win over Dallas two nights ago, recorded his first loss of the season tonight (4-1-0).

“We really stunk for him last game,” said Lovejoy. “Freddy [Frederik Andersen] came in and bailed us out. That was a turning point for us in that game. Tonight, we got some great goaltending again, but we weren’t able to be there for Jonas.”

Anaheim got on the board first, at 17:38 of the opening frame on a 2-on-1 created by Patrick Maroon, who made a nifty backhand pass across the crease to Bonino, who chipped it by Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier. It was Bonino’s fourth goal (and fifth point) of the season.

The Ducks would increase their lead to two goals early in the second period, when Perreault walked out from behind the net to roof one over Bernier’s shoulder just 1:59 into the period.

Toronto cut Anaheim’s lead in half on Kessel’s first of the night, then would tie the game less than two minutes later on Dion Phaneuf’s slap shot from the high slot off a rebound by Hiller.

Toronto’s third goal of the second period came at 16:09 when Kessel beat Hiller up high on a 2-on-1 attempt. Kessel completed the hat trick at the 8:11 mark of the third period on another 2-on-1, this time with James van Riemsdyk.

The Ducks will practice tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre before taking off for an afternoon flight to Montreal.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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