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Rough Start to Road Trip In Anaheim

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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November 12, 2003

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Sergei Fedorov's period of adjustment appears to be over.

Fedorov and linemate Andy McDonald each had two goals and an assist, leading the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Signed to a five-year, $40 million contract as a free agent, Fedorov had just three goals and eight assists in his first 16 games with Anaheim. But the former Hart and Selke Trophy winner broke out against Toronto, matching the output of his previous six games.

"Sometimes when good players come in from somewhere else, it takes a while for the player to find his game within your game," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "Until they do this, its hard to have confidence."

Fedorov combined with linemates McDonald and Stanislav Chistov for eight points as Anaheim won a rare laugher. Twelve of its first 16 contests were decided by two goals or fewer.

"We're trying to get some good chemistry," Fedorov said. "We struggled as a group and now we're feeling comfortable. ... I'm excited playing with them. It was good to see Cheesy really happy."

McDonald sandwiched his first two goals of the season around one by Toronto's Mikael Renberg. Fedorov had back-to-back tallies in the second period to give Anaheim a 4-1 lead.

Midway through the third period, Petr Sykora was credited with his fifth goal when his centering pass hit the stick of Maple Leafs defenseman Aki Berg and deflected past goaltender Ed Belfour.

It was one of three Ducks' goals that went in off Toronto players.

"There were a couple of bounces that went against us, yeah, but we weren't as good as we needed to be to win," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We turned the puck over too much. It's frustrating to stand back there and watch your team beat themselves."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves and has won consecutive games for the first time this season.

"I thought this was a big win for us tonight," Babcock said.

"We've gotten points in (four) straight games. I think things are getting better for us."

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