Maple Leafs Get 1st Win of Season, Beat Ducks 6-3
By GREG BEACHAM, AP
Tomas Kaberle scored a career-high five points and Lee
Stempniak added a career-best four as the Maple Leafs (1-7-1) finally slowed the
worst start in the Original Six franchise's history.
Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves 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.
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
The Ducks have given up 21 goals during their skid.
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.
Kaberle had a goal and four assists, while Stempniak
contributed a goal and three assists. Matt Stajan added three assists.
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 Francois Beauchemin
exchanged shoves and nearly fought in the first period after Getzlaf hit the
former Anaheim defenseman with a high check. Perry ended up with a double minor
for roughing after the 10-man scrum.
Toronto got a two-man advantage moments later, and
Grabovski capitalized on a slick behind-the-net pass from Matt Stajan. Hagman
scored 1:16 later on the same power play.
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, but Anaheim
captain Scott Niedermayer got a roughing penalty in the ensuing shoving match,
giving Toronto another two-man advantage -- and Hagman capitalized again.
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 wing.
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.
Received 10/27/09 12:57 am ET