Kessel’s hat trick leads Leafs over Ducks

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Updated: October 23, 2013

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Phil Kessel notched his fourth career hat
trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on
Tuesday.

Dion Phaneuf had the other goal and James van Riemsdyk posted two assists for
the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game slide. Jonathan Bernier stopped 23
shots in the win.

Mathieu Perreault and Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks, who had won seven
straight since opening the season with a loss to Colorado. Jonas Hiller gave
up all four goals on 23 shots.

“We got some great goaltending again, but we weren’t able to be there for
Jonas,” Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy said.

Trailing 2-0, Toronto got one back on the power play at 7:44 of the second
period. Cody Franson blasted a shot on net from the right circle that was
stopped, but van Riemsdyk whipped the rebound over to the left side and Kessel
slammed it home.

Just over a minute later, the Leafs tied the game as Josh Leivo sent a shot on
net from a sharp angle at the left side that was stopped, but the rebound came
out to the left circle and Phaneuf wristed it home.

Toronto then took a 3-2 lead with 3:51 to play as Kessel skated down the right
wing on a 2-on-1 and looked the goaltender off before snapping the puck high
to the blocker side.

Kessel completed the hat trick at 8:11 of the third. Van Riemsdyk skated with
him on a 2-on-1 and passed the puck from the right side to the left where
Kessel one-timed it home.

With 6:59 to play, van Riemsdyk was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked
on a breakaway by Jakob Silfverberg, but his backhand went off the right post.

It didn’t matter, though, as Anaheim was unable to get any closer the rest of
the way.

“Our goaltender made some big stops and our defense played huge,” Maple leafs
head coach Randy Carlyle said.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead with 2:22 to play in the first after Patrick Maroon
made a nifty move skating down the right wing to get around a defender and
slid the puck across the net where Bonino tapped it in.

It was 2-0 at 1:59 of the second as Perreault won a battle in the left corner
and skated around the right side before wristing a shot home for his fourth of
the season.

Game Notes

It was Kessel’s second career hat trick as a Maple Leaf … Toronto was 1-
for-3 on the power play while Anaheim failed to score on any of its four
chances … Toronto plays in Columbus on Friday … The Ducks continue their
eight-game road trip in Montreal on Thursday … Toronto has won four straight
games against Anaheim.