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Bernier solid in goal as Leafs down Ducks 6-2 for sixth straight victory

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TORONTO - Phil Kessel scored two of Toronto's four third-period goals as the Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 for their sixth straight win Tuesday night.

David Booth scored his first of the season unassisted at 4:37 before Nazem Kadri notched his ninth at 5:28 to put Toronto ahead 4-1 at the Air Canada Centre. Anaheim starter Frederik Andersen was replaced by backup Ilya Bryzgalov following Kadri's goal.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier was instrumental in Toronto snapping the Ducks' eight-game win streak and handing them their first loss in eight games this month. Anaheim outshot the Leafs 42-27.

Ryan Kesler pulled Anaheim to within 4-1 with his 11th of the season at 8:35. But Kessel cemented the win on the power play at 15:23 before scoring his 17th goal at 18:17.

Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Toronto (19-9-3, 41 points), which improved to 14-7-0 at home and 10-1-1 since being manhandled 9-2 by the visiting Nashville Predators almost a month ago.

Sami Vatanen had the other goal for Anaheim (21-7-5, 47 points), which even with the loss still sports an impressive 11-4-2 road record.

Anaheim outshot Toronto 17-11 in the first and had the two lone power-play chances in the period but the Leafs had the lone goal. Bozak scored his 12th of the season at 15:12, poking a loose puck in front past Andersen.

Anaheim held a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal in the second, but still trailed 2-1. Lupul put Toronto ahead 2-0 at 1:31 of the period with his seventh of the season, his innocent-looking one-time from near the boards eluding Andersen.

Vatanen short-handed goal at 13:13 cut Toronto's lead to 2-1. Vatanen scored his ninth of the season when his wrist shot from the faceoff circle beat Bernier.

Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first and 13-0 after leading through two periods. The Leafs also haven't lost to Anaheim since Oct. 21 2008, a 3-2 shootout decision.

Both teams are on the road Thursday. Toronto visits the Carolina Hurricanes while Anaheim is in Montreal for the fourth game of its five-game road trip.

NOTES ??? James Van Riemsdyk and Kessel both drew assists on Bozak's first-period goal, extending their points streaks to five games . . . Leafs Lupul, Peter Holland, Daniel Winnik and Stephane Robidas are all former Ducks. Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle was behind Anaheim's bench for seven seasons, guiding the club to the Stanley Cup title in 2006-'07 . . . Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner was a first-round pick of Anaheim (No. 17) in '08 but never played a regular-season game before being dealt to the Leafs . . . Toronto came into this contest averaging a league-best 3.37 goals per game . . . Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau appeared in his 550th career NHL contest.

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