Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel notched his fourth career hat
trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on
Dion Phaneuf had the other goal and James van Riemsdyk posted two assists for
the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game slide. Jonathan Bernier stopped 23
shots in the win.
Mathieu Perreault and Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks, who had won seven
straight since opening the season with a loss to Colorado. Jonas Hiller gave
up all four goals on 23 shots.
Trailing 2-0, Toronto got one back on the power play at 7:44 of the second
period. Cody Franson blasted a shot on net from the right circle that was
stopped, but van Riemsdyk whipped the rebound over to the left side and Kessel
slammed it home.
Just over a minute later, the Leafs tied the game as Josh Leivo sent a shot on
net from a sharp angle at the left side that was stopped, but the rebound came
out to the left circle and Phaneuf wristed it home.
Toronto then took a 3-2 lead with 3:51 to play as Kessel skated down the right
wing on a 2-on-1 and looked the goaltender off before snapping the puck high
to the blocker side.
Kessel completed the hat trick at 8:11 of the third. Van Riemsdyk skated with
him on a 2-on-1 and passed the puck from the right side to the left where
Kessel one-timed it home.
With 6:59 to play, van Riemsdyk was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked
on a breakaway by Jakob Silfverberg, but his backhand went off the right post.
It didn't matter, though, as Anaheim was unable to get any closer the rest of
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead with 2:22 to play in the first after Patrick Maroon
made a nifty move skating down the right wing to get around a defender and
slid the puck across the net where Bonino tapped it in.
It was 2-0 at 1:59 of the second as Perreault won a battle in the left corner
and skated around the right side before wristing a shot home for his fourth of
It was Kessel's second career hat trick as a Maple Leaf ... Toronto was 1-
for-3 on the power play while Anaheim failed to score on any of its four
chances ... Toronto plays in Columbus on Friday ... The Ducks continue their
eight-game road trip in Montreal on Thursday ... Toronto has won four straight
games against Anaheim.
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