Anaheim 1 vs Toronto 3
Nov. 1, 2017
6-5-1, 13 points
The Ducks had a two-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center. The setback was only the second loss for Anaheim in the last six games (4-2-0). The Ducks also dropped their first game in regulation to the Maple Leafs since Jan. 6, 2016 (4-0 Toronto win).
The Ducks recorded 17 shots in the second frame, one shy of their second-period season high (October 5 vs. Arizona).
Ondrej Kase opened the scoring for the Ducks, matching his career high in goals (5) that was set in the 2016-17 season. Kase currently co-leads the team in goals with Rickard Rakell.
Derek Grant picked up his sixth point in as many games with an assist on the Kase goal. Grant has points in five of his last six games (3-3=6) dating to October 20 vs. Montreal.
Anaheim will conclude its homestand against the Nashville Predators on Friday at Honda Center (7 p.m PT).
Tonight's attendance was 15,628.
On his disallowed goal
As soon as it happened, it was kind of 50/50. I wasn't really sure if I lifted my foot off the ice. As I saw the replay, it kind of leaned toward disallowing it, but you never know. They watched the video, so I'm sure they made the right call. In a situation like that, it's in tight, so you never really know what happens. I guess it could've gone either way.
On the game
At times, we got caught playing a little slow. It wasn't only the bounces that weren't going our way. If we play like we played in the second period - I thought that was our strong point of the game. That's when we moved the puck, moved our feet and gave them trouble.
On the game
We were a little sloppy on some plays that got their momentum going. You kill your momentum when you get pucks turned over and feed the rush for those quick forwards on Toronto. We kind of got it back in the second period after the goal. We started battling and playing hard, but in the third we came out flat-footed.
On the power play
We have to build from this. We can't be satisfied from not scoring goals. We have to work even harder and get those posts and in instead of posts and out.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the disallowed goal
It looked like he turned his foot, so the referee felt he directed the puck with a kicking motion. If that's the way he deemed it, then it's no goal. As far as we're concerned, you can turn your foot, but I don't know if that deems a kicking motion. That's what they called, and that's the way it goes.
On the Maple Leafs
They kept us to the outside. We didn't really establish that much of a grind period. We had a really good period in the second to get ourselves going with some momentum. We found ways to get the puck in deep, we started to cycle, and that's the type of game we're going to have to play with where we're at with our group. We're going to have to establish more of that style of game. We can't turn the puck over. We turned the puck over on the first goal we gave up. It was an odd-man rush. I think we gave up two or three more. We can't do that.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On the team's performance
We started exactly how we wanted to. The second [period] wasn't so good. We started to turn it over a bit too much. The result of that was that we had to kill a bunch of penalties. We came back and got that goal to start the third. Once that happened we started to play our game which is to get it in and grind it out a little bit and keep them on their half of the ice.
On Patrick Marleau's 100th career game-winning goal
I can't really speak on what it's like to have 100 game-winners or 100 goals so that's pretty incredible. Obviously, it speaks to his career's longevity.
James van Riemsdyk
On his assist on Connor Brown's first-period goal
Obviously it's trying to find the right moment to pass it. It's not all about blowing down the ice as fast you can, you have to find a way to create a passing lane and I think I have good chemistry with Brownie on some plays like that. He does a good job of getting open and I just tried to slide one through to him and he made a great finish.
On team snapping out of a losing streak
I think we did a lot of things better tonight. We didn't do it a full 60 [minutes], but we found a way to win and that's the most important thing. We know we can be better still and we know we have a good challenge tomorrow.
Head Coach Mike Babcock
On their attention to detail tonight
Well, I really liked us in the first period. I really liked us in the third. In the second we got back to turning it over. I thought the penalty kill was good for us. I thought Freddie [Andersen] was solid. Obviously a big win, any time you're struggling you need to find a way to win games and get your confidence back and get rolling.
On keeping Marleau at center
I'm going to tomorrow [at LA]. We had good balance tonight. We didn't over-play anybody. We are on a back-to-back and three-of-four so I'm going to leave him in the middle there.