Ducks keep Maple Leafs reeling

TORONTO (Ticker) — Ron Wilson is pulling out all the stops in
an attempt to get the Toronto Maple Leafs a victory. Nothing
seems to be working.

Teemu Selanne scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the
Anaheim Ducks posted their first road victory of the season
Tuesday, a 3-2 triumph over the Maple Leafs.

Selanne and Corey Perry both scored in the bonus format against
goaltender Curtis Joseph, who was inserted specifically for the
shootout after watching the entire game from the bench.

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin and enforcer George Parros
tallied in regulation for Anaheim, which had lost its previous
three visits to Toronto.

“Tonight, we won, and I’m not going to critique a win,” said
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, whose team was outshot, 13-0, in the
third period. “We know we can play better than what we played.
We’re going to have to play a lot better than that to get a lot
more points, but we’ll take the win and go home.”

Nik Antropov netted both goals for the Maple Leafs, who fell to
0-2-3 since defeating the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit
Red Wings on Opening Night.

“We battled back to get a point,” Antropov said. “We wanted to
get the extra point, and unfortunately, we didn’t.”

Toronto fell behind early as Anaheim built a 2-0 lead midway
through the first period.

Entering with goals in each of his previous two games,
Beauchemin extended his streak to three with a slap shot from
the blue line that sneaked just inside the right goalpost at
4:36 of the opening session.

Parros, who began the season with four career tallies, netted
his second of the campaign at 9:50. The 6-5, 231-pound tough
guy received a pass at center ice and skated in alone on Vesa
Toskala before beating the netminder to the glove side with a
wrist shot.

The goal matched Parros’ career-high total of two set in 2005-06
while with Los Angeles.

Antropov halved the deficit at 8:15 of the second. After Alexei
Ponikarovsky tipped defenseman Pavel Kubina’s slap shot from the
blue line wide, Antropov grabbed the carom off the end boards
and backhanded it into the net for his second tally of the

With Toronto pressing for the equalizer late, Antropov buried a
rebound in front with 53 seconds remaining in the third after
blue-liner Mike Van Ryn’s slapper from above the slot was
stopped by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

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“We knew they were going to throw everything at the net, and
they did exactly that,” Giguere said. “They played a pretty
good game, but we’re supposed to be a veteran team here, and
when it comes down to a one-goal lead going into the third, you
need to show a little bit more composure, a little bit more
poise. I know it’s going to come after we win a few more games
and get confidence. We’ve got to start somewhere, and it’s got
to be now.”

Perry had a chance to end it in overtime, but his shot from the
left faceoff circle during a 2-on-1 rush rang off the goalpost.

Hoping to change his team’s fortunes, Wilson replaced Toskala –
who made 19 saves – with Joseph for the shootout. The move did
not work, however, as Selanne beat the veteran low to the stick
side in the first round and Perry followed with a wrister to the
glove side to seal the win for Anaheim.

Joseph had posted a 5-3 lifetime record in shootouts, stopping
24 of the 32 shots he had faced prior to Tuesday.

“I talked to Cujo and I told him about it before the game, that
I was thinking about doing it,” Wilson said of putting Joseph in
for the shootout. “Cujo had one of the better (shootout
records). … (I told him on the bench), if this goes the way I
think it’s going to go, be ready, start warming up.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work.”

“I understood,” Toskala said of his coach’s decision. “As a
team, we just have to find a way to get those points because
they are going to be huge at the end of the season. Today, we
tried this and it didn’t work.”

Giguere turned aside 36 shots but did not have to make a save in
the bonus format, as attempts by rookie Nikolai Kulemin and
defenseman Tomas Kaberle both went wide.

“It seems like the luck is not on our side,” Antropov said.
“We’ve got to work at it.”

“We fell short in (the shootout), but for the most part, we’re
happy that we showed a lot of resilience coming back to bring
that game to a shootout,” Toronto’s Matt Stajan said.