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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Toronto



(Tuesday, October 21st)

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Toronto 2 (SO)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne's wrister past a just-off-the- bench Curtis Joseph proved to be the difference in the shootout, giving the struggling Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Francois Beauchemin scored for the third consecutive game for the Ducks, who had lost five of six to open the season.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 36-of-38 shots, and both Toronto attempts in the shootout to pick up the win.

Nik Antropov scored both goals for the Maple Leafs, and Alexei Ponikarovsky tallied two assists.

Toronto has dropped five straight since a season-opening win over the Red Wings, including three of the past four in the shootout.

Vesa Toskala yielded two goals on 21 shots through three periods and the extra session, but was curiously pulled for Joseph before the shootout began.

"I talked to Toskala and I told him before the game if we were put in [a shootout], I was thinking of [pulling him]," Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said. "You just got to keep giving Toskala a little more practice on shootouts. It's like practicing a three-foot putt. You want to make that putt 100 times in a row, and that's what you want to do in a shootout."

After a Toronto miss, Selanne's quick wrister beat the cold Joseph stick-side, and after the Maple Leafs' Tomas Kaberle went wide right with his attempt, Corey Perry skated right and went top shelf to seal the much-needed win.

Anaheim withstood Toronto's early pressure and scored 4:36 into the game. Chris Kunitz controlled Perry's pass at the right circle and fed Beauchemin for a slap shot at the point, which found the back of the net for the game's first goal.

George Parros found nothing between himself and Toskala after a Toronto turnover midway through the first, and his wrister on the breakaway beat the goaltender glove-side for a 2-0 lead.

"We weren't prepared to play in the first period," Antropov said.

The Maple Leafs controlled most of the action throughout the second period but could only manage one tally on Antropov's backhander past an out-of-position Giguere.

Toronto managed to tie the game with just 53 seconds on the clock. Mike Van Ryn wound up with the puck after a mad scramble in front of the net, and his shot from the point was deflected before Antropov picked up the rebound and scored to send the game into overtime.

Anaheim did not have a shot in the third period, as Toronto outshot the Ducks 28-4 in second and third frames. It was the first time in franchise history Anaheim had not recorded a shot in a 20-minute period, and the only occurrence for a Toronto opponent in its storied history.

"Our lack of scoring comes from our poor play," the Ducks' Scott Niedermayer said. "We need to play as a team. We haven't been willing to go into the tough areas to get goals."

Game Notes

The Ducks head to Ottawa to face the Senators on Friday, while Toronto goes on the road to Boston on Thursday...Wilson coached Anaheim in its first four seasons in the league (1993-97)...The home team had won six straight in the series. The Ducks have won three of the past four meetings.

10/21 22:27:23 ET


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