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Previous Game: Ducks Drop Third Straight, 3-1 to Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Drop Third Straight, 3-1 to Maple Leafs
ANAHEIM – Randy Carlyle has had plenty of triumphs at Honda Center during his coaching career, and this one managed to victimize his former team.

Carlyle’s Toronto Maple Leafs jumped out to a three-goal lead and hardly looked back in handing the Ducks a 3-1 home defeat in front of 17,229, a third straight loss for Anaheim.

Carlyle spent parts of seven seasons behind the Ducks bench – leading them to a Stanley Cup in 2007 – but was let go and replaced by current Anaheim boss Bruce Boudreau in November of 2011. Tonight was his first trip back to Anaheim since taking over in Toronto that same season, and his Leafs controlled play throughout despite being outshot on the night, 44-23.

A three-game home set against a trio of the Eastern Conference’s best was not kind to Anaheim, which lost consecutive six-round shootouts to the Canadiens and Penguins prior to tonight’s tilt with Toronto, now third in the East. Anaheim (43-15-7), which entered the game out of the top position in the NHL for the first time in two months, wasn’t able to regain that spot held currently by St. Louis (94 points).

"We’re competing right through the end of this thing," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "When it comes to those points, at least they were given up to the East teams and we weren’t giving up four-point nights. We got two points out of the three games, and we can use that a little bit. We were in all of the games. We played some good hockey teams."

Carlyle was one of five former Ducks to play a part in this one tonight, as the Leafs lineup included Joffrey Lupul, Peter Holland, Troy Bodie and Jake Gardiner. One former Maple Leaf, current Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, expressed the team's frustrations.

"A couple turnovers cost us some goals," Beauchemin said. "We had our fair chances, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them. I thought we played a decent game. We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we had lots of chances offensively. We just have to make sure to bury those."

Toronto went up 2-0 with two goals in the closing stretch of the first period, the first from Tyler Bozak, who tipped in a Dion Phaneuf feed that came from the left wing circle.

Then with less than a minute left in the period, Phil Kessel charged on a breakaway with Hampus Lindholm in pursuit. Kessel’s wrister under pressure was initially saved by Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, who ended up knocking it into his own net with the butt of the stick.

Anaheim had some chances denied in the early part of the second, and Toronto made it 3-0 when Kessel made a nice feed on the doorstep to Paul Ranger, who punched it through.

The Ducks finally got on the board with 5:41 left in the middle session, as Patrick Maroon’s shot from the slot was knocked down and rolled to Corey Perry, who tucked it inside the left post. It was the payoff of a period in which the Ducks had the last 11 shots between the two teams and the last seven scoring chances.

But that was all Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier would allow tonight, as he finished with 43 saves. "When a goalie is sharp and you don’t create traffic in front of the net where he can’t see the pucks coming, you’re not going to score," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "He was seeing everything. He was stopping everything. You can only talk about so much, but if you want to score goals in this league, you have to go to the front of net and pay the price.

Meanwhile, a Ducks power play the continues to struggle went 0 for 4 tonight.

"The last three games I thought we’ve done a great job. We’ve worked hard, gotten pucks back after shots, we’ve shot pucks," Getzlaf said. "They’re just not going in. I’m not accepting that. Those are the things we have to focus on as a group. When the power play works, it’s because everybody is working and everybody is shooting. I thought our guys have done that the last three games. We need to support each other through those things."

The Ducks, who went 2-1-2 on their five-game homestand out of the Olympic break, next play Wednesday at Calgary in the first of three straight road contests.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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