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Ducks' win streak ends at seven as Toronto's Kessel gets hat trick

The Maple Leafs win, 4-2, as Ducks' club record-tying streak comes to a halt in the opener of an eight-game trip. Kessel helps his team back from 2-0 deficit with two quick goals, then adds another.

October 22, 2013|By Lance Pugmire

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The Ducks' club record-tying seven-game winning streak ended Tuesday in Toronto when they couldn't stop Phil Kessel's streaks to the net.

The Maple Leafs wing had a hat trick and the Maple Leafs won, 4-2, in the opener of the Ducks' eight-game trip at Air Canada Centre.

"We started collectively turning pucks over and that's a fast hockey team," Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy told Prime Ticket after committing three of the team's 13 giveaways.

GAME SUMMARY: Maple Leafs 4, Ducks 2

"We gave them too many easy pucks, easy turnovers, and they were able to hit it back at us with speed and we certainly lost our composure."

After Ducks center Mathieu Perreault gave his team a 2-0 lead 1:59 into the second period, Toronto fans began booing their team's lethargic play.

That atmosphere transformed into an electrifying surge of three Maple Leaf goals in less than 10 minutes, with Kessel scoring twice in the span.

On the heels of two good saves by Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, a questionable boarding penalty on Ducks wing Corey Perry gave Toronto (7-3) a power play it converted.

Kessel was positioned to the right and rear of Hiller as the Maple Leafs swarmed and occupied the goalie's attention before James Van Riemsdyk found Kessell for an easy goal.

Just 1:19 later, Dion Phaneuf scored on a wrist shot, prompting Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau to bark loudly at his players for being slow to stop the rushes and sloppy about knocking away rebounds.

The Ducks' frustration heightened after Van Riemsdyk tripped Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, giving the Ducks a two-man advantage for 1:27.

Anaheim (7-2) was not only shut out during the opportunity, but also managed only one good shot at Toronto goalie and ex-King Jonathan Bernier (23 saves), who stopped a Perry attempt.

With 3:51 remaining in the second, after Getzlaf lost the puck and Lovejoy got left behind, Kessel closed a two-on-one breakaway by beating Hiller high to the goalie's left for a 3-2 Toronto lead.

"We were trying to be too pretty there and it cost us," Perreault said, adding the wasted two-man chance was "very frustrating."

"We had some good looks, but couldn't find a way to put it in. You've got to score in those opportunities. You saw them come back and score on us. It's hard to swallow."

In the third period, Perreault passed to Teemu Selanne — seeking a goal in his fourth consecutive game — who had Bernier leaning to his right but couldn't handle Perreault's pass.

Less than two minutes later, Van Riemsdyk rushed down ice and dished to a charging Kessel on Hiller's right side to cap the hat trick with 11:49 to go.

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