Ducks Buried By Late Rally In Toronto

The Ducks are just 9-13-3 on the road this season.

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Ducks Fall In Toronto To Maple Leafs, 5-2

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mikhail Grabovski scored twice during a four- goal rally which helped Toronto defeat Anaheim, 5-2, at Air Canada Centre. Clarke MacArthur played an active role in the Maple Leafs' offense with a goal and two assists, while Tyler Bozak and Carl Gunnarsson also tallied in the win. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26-of-28 shots against his former team and helped the Leafs bounce back from an embarrassing 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Toronto also halted a three-game slide.

Dan Sexton and Brandon McMillan each posted a goal for the Ducks, who had a two-game win streak snapped. Jonas Hiller surrendered five goals on 37 shots in the losing effort. Toronto pulled away with four straight goals that spanned two periods.

Gunnarsson's third goal of the season with 6:50 left to play in the second stanza tied the game, 2-2. MacArthur circled behind the net and sent a pass to the point where Gunnarsson lasered it home. Toronto took its first lead of the game just three minutes later when Phil Kessel fed Bozak with a nice backhand pass from the right neutral-zone boards. Bozak stopped just inside the near circle and drilled a slap shot past Hiller's glove side.

Grabovski potted an insurance goal just under six minutes into the final frame thanks to the unwarranted play of Ducks forward Bobby Ryan. After a Toronto offensive-zone turnover, Ryan coughed the puck up in front of the net and Grabovski wisely poked the puck past the unsuspecting Anaheim netminder. Toronto scored its fourth straight goal at the 11:40 mark of the third to counter an Anaheim scoring chance when a shot deflected off the crossbar. Moments later, MacArthur rushed down the length of the ice and centered it to Grabovski, who kicked it to his forehand and finished a wrister just inside the right post.

Anaheim's first strike came nearly eight minutes into the game after Lubomir Visnovsky brought the puck down to the right corner and shuffled it behind the net to Sexton. He then carried the disc to the bottom of the left circle and fired a sharp-angled wrister over Giguere's left shoulder. Toronto knotted the game at the 11:43 mark of the opening period on a 2-on-1 break. MacArthur sent a quick pass to Kessel, whose shot was initially blocked by Hiller. A trailing MacArthur was able to clean up the mess, though, and chipped the rebound into the net.

The next tally came at the 5:21 mark of the second period on a Ducks' 2-on-1 rush. McMillan and Joffery Lupul led the charge, which was finished on McMillan's shot from the left slot. Giguere appeared to have stopped the shot, but the puck trickled between his legs and barely crossed the goal line.

Giguere spent parts of nine seasons in Anaheim before getting dealt to Toronto last January. His tenure with the Ducks included a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 and a Stanley Cup title in 2007. Giguere is Anaheim's all-time leader in wins (206), shutouts (32) and games played by a goaltender (447)...The Leafs have surrendered the first goal in seven straight games...Kessel finished with two assists...The Ducks are 9-13-3 as the guest this season, while the Maple Leafs improved to 10-10-4 at home.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Head North To Battle Giguere, Maple Leafs In Toronto

(Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere will get a chance to beat his former team tonight at Air Canada Centre, as the Maple Leafs goaltender leads Toronto in a battle against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Giguere spent parts of nine seasons in Anaheim before getting dealt to Toronto last January. His tenure with the Ducks included a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 and a Stanley Cup title in 2007. Giguere is Anaheim's all-time leader in wins (206), shutouts (32) and games played by a goalie (447).

The only time Giguere ever faced the Ducks was during the 1999-2000 season when he was still with the Calgary Flames. He posted a win in that game on Dec. 29, 1999 and was traded from Calgary to Anaheim a few months later. Giguere will face a surging Ducks team that enters tonight with victories in eight of their last 10 games. Anaheim recorded its second straight win when it opened a four-game road trip with Tuesday's close victory in Ottawa. Bobby Ryan notched the winner in the shootout as the Ducks clipped the Senators, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place.

Ryan ended the second round by beating Brian Elliott with a quick forehander. Erik Karlsson then fired a wrister on Jonas Hiller, but he stopped the chance with his pad to end the game. Corey Perry tallied in regulation for the Ducks, who are five points behind Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division. Hiller ended with 39 saves. "It's always nice to win on the road no matter how you get the two points. Not every game is a masterpiece," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

The Ducks are just 9-12-3 as the guest this season and have won consecutive road games just once this season when they posted victories in Phoenix and Edmonton on Nov. 27 and Dec. 7, respectively. The Maple Leafs hope to end a three-game slide and bounce back from last night's embarrassing loss in New York City. The Rangers destroyed Toronto, 7-0, at Madison Square Garden as Marian Gaborik scored four goals to fuel the rout.

Jonas Gustavsson was charged with six goals on 25 shots for the Maple Leafs. Giguere played the final 6:39 of the first period after Gustavsson surrendered three goals in a span of less than three minutes, but the game's starting goaltender returned to the crease for the start of the second period. "Of course I wanted to have a good game and help the team win, not lose 7-0," said Gustavsson.

The Maple Leafs are 9-10-4 as the host this season Toronto posted a 6-3 win in Anaheim when the clubs met last season, but the Ducks have still taken three of five overall in this series. Anaheim has just two wins in its last 16 trips to Toronto.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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