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Perry, Andersen lead Ducks past Maple Leafs

by Dan Arritt /

ANAHEIM -- Corey Perry recorded his third hat trick of the season and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on Wednesday.

The victory ended Anaheim's six-game losing streak against Toronto.

Perry, who was out because of a knee injury when the Maple Leafs beat Anaheim 6-2 earlier this month in Toronto, produced his first multi-goal game since Nov. 29 and fourth of the season. Ryan Getzlaf, assisted on Perry's first two goals for his first multi-point game of the calendar year.

Perry said it's the best he's felt since his return on Dec. 31 after being forced to miss 10 games.

"Since I've been back it's been tough, but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things," he said. "Everything's starting to feel 100 percent."

The Maple Leafs were shut out for the second consecutive game and haven't scored against a manned net in eight periods.

"You don't expect us to get shut out two games in a row," forward Daniel Winnik said.

The Maple Leafs tried to breathe life into their top line by moving Winnik up to join Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak, but the three came up empty despite combining for seven shots on goal.

"Tonight, a lot of our problems were in the neutral zone," Winnik said. "We didn't have a lot of clean entries into the zone and rarely got the puck deep on them."

Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves in the loss. He was 5-0-1 with a 1.65 goals-against average against the Ducks in six previous starts.

"There's not a lot of puck luck, that's for sure," Maple Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek said. "They scored a 5-on-3, an empty-net goal, one went off our skate and one was a breakaway."

The Maple Leafs had allowed 20 shots on goal or fewer in their previous two games and appeared on track to accomplish that feat in three straight for the first time since October 2003, holding the Ducks to one shot through the first nine minutes. But Toronto was called for simultaneous minor penalties at 10:45.

The Ducks couldn't capitalize despite several chances and the final seconds of the two-man advantage were winding down when Kyle Palmieri's shot appeared to hit the back of the net and ricochet back out. Even Bernier stood up in the crease as though he knew the Ducks had scored, but play continued long enough for Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm to send a slap shot past Bernier a few seconds later.

After video review, the initial goal was awarded to Palmieri officially at 12:41 for the Ducks' fourth power-play goal in the past three games.

"I was 99.9-percent sure it went in, but they didn't blow the whistle and the horn didn't go off so I got a little nervous after I celebrated," Palmieri said. "Luckily, Hampus put it in just to make sure."

Perry scored two more goals in the second period to extend the lead to 3-0. The first came on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle and Perry got some help when the puck nicked off the toe of Toronto defenseman Cody Franson, redirecting it past Bernier to make it 2-0.

Perry then got past Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Getzlaf hit him with a perfectly-placed stretch pass and Perry finished off a breakaway with a nifty move at 14:33.

Perry completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 18:53 of the third period. Andersen made 10 saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve his second shutout of the season.

"It's always fun when you shut a team out, so that's cool, and very fun for Perrs too to get a hat trick," Andersen said. "That's a fun game to play. We want to be able to put teams away, and we did that today."

The Maple Leafs may have also lost forward David Booth; he wobbled off the ice midway through the third period after an apparent elbow from Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen. Horachek did not have an update on Booth after the game.

Toronto played without forward Leo Komarov, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

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