Maple Leafs 4, Mighty Ducks 1
TORONTO (AP) _ It wasn’t the usual cast that supplied the firepower for the Maple Leafs.
Defenseman Jason Smith scored his second of the season, and Yannick Tremblay netted his first of the year in Toronto’s 4-1 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.
``It was a great team effort,″ Smith said. ``We didn’t give them any turnovers and we forced them to the walls. Great players like that are going to get some chances. We just wanted to limit them.″
Tie Domi, known more for his fighting, added his fourth of the season.
``That’s some reward for the good work they’ve done,″ Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. ``More often than not their contributions don’t show up as points. Tonight, they got points.″
Fredrik Modin also scored for Toronto, his ninth of the year. The Leafs outshot the Ducks, 39-31.
Domi opened the scoring 4:36 into the game, circling the Anaheim net and stuffing a low shot between Hebert’s legs.
Toronto went ahead 2-0 on Modin’s goal at 14:59 in the first period. Mats Sundin got an assist to extend his points streak to a team-high six games.
The Leafs ended a seven-game homestand with a 4-3 record. The loss ended Anaheim’s three-game road unbeaten string.
Anaheim’s Paul Kariya, who entered the game second in the NHL in goals, had an assist but went his sixth consecutive game without a goal. He has just one goal in his last 13 contests.
Tremblay scored the lone goal of the second period, taking a pass from Smith deep in the Anaheim zone and beating Hebert to the glove side at 16:25.
Smith gave Toronto a 4-0 cushion with his second goal of the season, at 4:55 of the third period, by re-directing a Domi pass.
Teemu Selanne spoiled Curtis Joseph’s shutout bid at 6:50 of the third period.
``They play smart hockey,″ Selanne said. ``They’re not happy to dump the puck right away. They want to do something with it. That’s why they’re the highest scoring team in the league.″
The Leafs lost center Alyn McCauley midway through the second period with a sprained left knee for at least three weeks.
``There was no pop or crack, but when it happened I knew something was wrong,″ McCauley said.