TORONTO - The Anaheim Ducks felt pretty lucky to leave the Air Canada Centre with this victory.
The struggling team failed to register a shot in the third period and saw the Maple Leafs tie the game with 52.8 seconds left in regulation, but still managed a 3-2 shootout victory over Toronto on Tuesday.
Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson inserted backup goalie Curtis Joseph for the shootout after Vesa Toskala played the entire game, but the move didn't pay off. Anaheim shooters Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne each beat Joseph.
Francois Beauchemin and George Parros scored in regulation for Anaheim (2-5-0).
Nik Antropov had both goals for the Maple Leafs (1-2-3), who have lost three shootouts already this season.
The Ducks opened a four-game road trip in Toronto and easily could have suffered another disappointing loss. They only registered seven shots after the first period.
Anaheim had goals from two unlikely players in the opening 20 minutes.
Beauchemin made it 1-0 at 4:36 of the first period by ripping a slapshot past a screened Toskala. That gave the defenceman his third goal of the young season - eclipsing the two he scored in 82 games a year ago.
An even more unlikely source put the Ducks up 2-0. Parros got behind Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn and took a breakaway pass before beating Toskala glove-side at 9:50. It was his second goal of the season and just the sixth in an NHL career that has spanned 165 games and has been most notable for his fighting ability and signature moustache.
The Leafs managed to turn it around in the second period. Wilson shook up his lines and saw one of the new units get his team on the board.
Antropov found himself with Alexei Ponikarovsky and Matt Stajan and made it 2-1 at 8:15 of the middle frame. A point shot bounced off the end boards before Antropov backhanded it behind Giguere.
It looked like it might be the only time the Leafs would beat the netminder all night.
Toronto pressed hard for the equalizer throughout the third period and couldn't capitalize on two power plays, including a 32-second 5-on-3 advantage. Antropov had the best chance during that sequence but Giguere came across his goal to make a toe save on the big forward. Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn also rang a shot off the crossbar as the second penalty expired.
Wilson pulled Toskala for an extra attacker with more than a minute to play and his team finally broke through. Antropov got a rebound at the side of the goal and tied the game 2-2 with 52.8 seconds left, setting up overtime.
Notes: Announced attendance at Air Canada Centre was 19,222 ...It was only the third meeting between the teams since the NHL lockout ... Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf sat out with a tooth problem ... Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was a healthy scratch for the second time this season ... Stajan saw more ice time through two periods than he had in three of his four previous games ... Teemu Selanne has just one goal in seven games for Anaheim.