NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Toronto
(Monday, December 12th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Anaheim 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen and Tomas Kaberle scored second-period power-play goals to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Mighty Ducks, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Jason Allison and Bryan McCabe tallied two assists apiece and Mikael Tellqvist made 27 saves for Toronto, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Kyle Wellwood added an unassisted goal for the Leafs.
Rob Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne both notched goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 24 of 27 shots for Anaheim, which has lost three of its last four contests.
Toronto took the lead just over three minutes into the second period after while on the power play after Kaberle beat Giguere high to the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the right circle to make it 2-1.
"For sure, we took too many penalties late in the game," Kaberle said. "But we took advantage while they were in the box. We got the two points -- that's the most important thing. Everybody counted tonight. They played hard and we got the win."
The Leafs extended their lead to 3-1 over eight minutes later while on the man advantage after a wrist shot from the left point hit a scrum in front when Steen picked up the loose puck and fired a wrist shot from below the right circle that found its way past Giguere.
The Ducks pulled back within one with 5:10 remaining in the second period after Selanne got a no-look, cross-slot backhand feed from Andy McDonald for an easy tap-in goal to make it 3-2.
The Leafs drew first blood almost nine minutes into the first period after Wellwood intercepted a Ducks' clearing attempt in the slot and beat Giguere stick-side for a 1-0 lead.
"It was especially important to get the first goal like that," said Wellwood. "Especially the way we played the last three games. It helped give me confidence and it helped give the team confidence."
Anaheim tied the game with 3:29 left in the first period just as a power play expired after Niedermayer beat Tellqvist with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Leafs forward Eric Lindros missed his first game this season due to an upper body injury...Wellwood's goal was his first in 13 games...Allison had two assists after undergoing emergency dental work earlier in the day...Belfour is experiencing what the team described as lower-body pain and did not play. He is still tied for second all-time with Terry Sawchuk with 447 wins...Rob Niedermayer now has eight goals, five of which have been assisted by his brother Scott...The Ducks fell to 2-10-4 all-time in Toronto...Anaheim has lost in four straight trips to Air Canada Centre.
12/12 22:34:44 ET