Ducks hand Leafs second straight loss in California

Ducks scorers: Palmieri (8), Perry (18)
Goalies: Anderson (Win), 60:00 minutes played, 28 saves, 0 GA, Bernier (Loss), 57:09 minutes played, 21 saves, 3 GA

The Leafs were set to take part in the second game of their California road swing on Wednesday evening against the Anaheim Ducks and were hoping to bounce back after losing to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday in a game that was lost in the opening minutes.

The Leafs had a strong start and didn’t surrender an early goal, which they’ve struggled with through many games this season. But late in the first, the Ducks found themselves on a two-man advantage and quickly took the lead with a goal from Kyle Palmieri. In similar fashion to the first goal that the Leafs allowed against the Kings, the Ducks’ first goal was waved off and Palmieri’s goal followed shortly after. Upon further review, it was determined that the puck did enter the net before bouncing out.

As the second period got underway, the Leafs were back to their old ways and it took just five minutes for Corey Perry to give his team a 2-0 lead. The game quickly got away from the Leafs when Perry scored again before the period expired.

The Leafs needed to have an energetic start to the third with plenty of pressure in the Ducks’ zone, but they looked lethargic and couldn’t quite find their rhythm. With just a few minutes remaining in the game, the Leafs were on the power play and pulled Jonathan Bernier for the extra attacker with the hopes of closing in on the Ducks lead, but Corey Perry made no mistake on an empty-netter, completing the hat trick and sealing a 4-0 win for the Ducks.

Despite already being outscored 6-0 on this road trip, James van Riemsdyk wasn’t discouraged by his team’s loss when he spoke to the media after the game. “We have a lot of firepower, we will find ways to score. If you look at the games, the scoring chances have been pretty even the last couple here. We’re pretty happy with our process. We just have to capitalize on our chances.”

The Leafs will close out the California portion of their road trip with a game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

(James van Riemsdyk photo credit: ThePinkPuck.com)