Defenseman Paul Ranger also tallied as the Maple Leafs improved
to 14-3-3 in their last 20 games while posting their fifth win in a
row against the Ducks.
Corey Perry scored his team-leading 35th goal to remain one ahead of
Kessel for second place in the league — nine behind Washington
captain Alex Ovechkin. Frederik Andersen turned aside 20 shots for
the Ducks, who fell to 4-6-2 in their last 12 at Honda Center after
starting the season with a 20-0-2 mark at home.
Toronto scored seven seconds into a 4-on-3 power-play opportunity as
captain Dion Phaneuf's hard slap pass caromed off the stick of Bozak
and past Andersen at 16:51 of the first period. Kessel netted his
13th goal in 18 contests just 2 1/2 minutes later as the United
States Olympian's bid on a breakaway rolled off the knob of
Andersen's stick and into the net.
Ranger converted a 2-on-1 rush with Kessel at 3:44 of the second to
give Toronto a 3-0 lead. Perry trimmed the deficit from the doorstep
with his fifth goal in four contests, but Bernier held the fort to
improve to 12-2-3 in his last 17 games.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Carlyle and assistant Dave Farrish were honored with
a short video tribute during a break in the first period. Carlyle
was behind the bench when the Ducks skated to their Stanley Cup
title in 2007 but was fired by the team four years later. ... Bozak
has recorded multi-point performances in five of his last 10
contests. ... Toronto went 1-for-2 on the power play after failing
to produce with the man advantage in its previous eight games
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