Toronto Maple Leafs 3 – Anaheim Ducks 1
The Ducks started the first period with a shot by Daniel Winnik in the first 11 seconds. Only a minute and half into the game, Nazem Kadri was penalized for hooking against Teemu Selanne. Jakob Silfverberg took a big slap shot that Jonathan Bernier blocked. The Ducks took a couple more shot attempts that missed the net during the power play, the penalty ended with no goals. At 13:45, Ben Lovejoy was whistled for tripping against James van Riemsdyk. Phil Kessel took a couple of shots back to back that Frederik Andersen stopped. At 8:56, Carl Gunnarsson took a backhand shot that Andersen kept out of the net. David Clarkson and Patrick Maroon made a few hits throughout the period. Just over four minutes into the period, Clarkson and Lovejoy dropped mitts and Clarkson left the ice with a cut above the right eye. With five minutes left to go, Ryan Getzlaf had a good wrap around chance that Bernier stopped. With about four and a half minutes left, Maroon and Tim Gleason were both penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Saku Koivu was called for tripping against Jay McClement with three minutes remaining in the period. While on the 4-on-3 power play Dion Phaneuf took a shot that Tyler Bozak tipped in for a goal with three minutes left in the period. With just over two minutes left in the period, Maroon and Gleason were each penalized five minutes for fighting. With less than a minute to go in the period, Kessel took a wrist shot that beat Andersen; the assist went to Bozak. The Maple Leafs led by two at the end and lead in shots, 11 to 9.
The Ducks came out quick in the period as Andrew Cogliano took a wrist shot in the first 39 seconds. The Maple Leafs made two quick shot attempts, but the Ducks denied them both. Just over four minutes into the period, Phil Ranger and Kessel had a 2-on-1 rush, which Ranger tipped the puck in past Andersen. Five minutes into the period, Bryan Allen put a big check on Clarkson and the two dropped the gloves and fought. Maroon made a good snap shot at 13:46, but Bernier was better as he made the save. Halfway through the period Phaneuf was called for slashing against Corey Perry. Francois Beauchemin took two wrist shots during the power play, but Bernier was again on point. With only a few shots, the Ducks came up empty on the power play. The Ducks took many shots this period. At 7:05, Ryan Getzlaf took a shot that Bernier saved. Perry would score at 5:41 and finally get the Ducks on the board. Maroon and Getzlaf got the assists on the play. Matt Beleskey had a couple of big hits on Ranger and, former Duck, Jofrey Lupul. Maroon took a big slap shot with just over two minutes left in the period, but Bernier again made the save. Nick Bonino had a nice backhand attempt with two minutes left, but he too was stopped by Bernier. The Ducks put on the pressure and out shot the Maple Leafs 19 to 7 in the period and trailed 3-1 at the second intermission.
To open the period, Gleason took a cross checking penalty against Cogliano. The Ducks took three shots on goal during the power play, but did not score again. Andersen made a big save off his goal mask to keep the Ducks in the game. The Maple Leafs were penalized again at 13:54 for a bench minor for too many men on the ice. Cam Fowler got a shot on goal during the power play, but couldn’t put it past Bernier. The Ducks failed to score on the power play again. The Ducks continued to pile on the shots. Getzlaf, Perry, and Winnik took the Ducks next three shots on goal, but Bernier was still equal to the task. The Maple Leafs blocked many Ducks shots and limited most of the Ducks shots to the perimeter. Andersen left for the bench at two minutes remaining in the period. Beleskey had a great wrap around attempt with an empty net, but Boziak blocked his shot. Beauchemin and Perry had quality chances within seconds of each other. The game remained 3-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs with 1:28 remaining in the game. The Ducks took their timeout. The remaining time the Ducks were unable to get another shot on goal and lost 3-1. The Ducks out shot the Maple Leafs 16 to 5 in the final period.
NHL Three Stars of the Game:
1. Phil Kessel
2. Corey Perry
The problem again for the Ducks tonight was their first period play. The Ducks got behind 2-0 and could never fully recover. The Ducks also had issues on the power play going 0-4. The team was able to out shoot the Maple Leafs 44 to 23. However, many of the shots were from the perimeter. The Ducks need to set more screens in the offensive zone and block the opposing goalie’s view. This will result in better opportunities to score goals.
The Ducks’ next game is Wednesday March 12th against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 7:00PM.