Just one Leafs goal in their past seven periods
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Final Score, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - Anaheim Ducks 2
Anaheim, CA - The league's number two offence in the NHL is now in a drought. The high powered Toronto Maple Leafs lost 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Jack Cambell got the start and made 26 saves and looked great. He was opposed by John Gibson who stopped all 26 shots before getting pulled for Ryan Miller who stopped four of five in ten minutes of ice time. Cody Ceci returned to the lineup after missing over a month. He replaced Rasmus Sandin who has not sat in two of the last three games.
Just three minutes in, the Ducks got on the board.
Michael Del Zotto ripped one from the point. A nice tip by David Backes that Campbell turned away but left a juicy rebound. Carter Rowney was there to tap it in for his eighth goal of the year.
Toronto couldn’t capitalize on a powerplay about halfway through the period. But in a turn of the usual, the blue and white were really laying the body on the Ducks.
The first ended with the Leafs trailing one to nothing. Anaheim led the shots 13-8 after 20 minutes.
Eight minutes into the second, Justin Holl got a tripping minor and the Ducks got their first attempt at their powerplay. The best chance was by Mitch Marner who got out one-on-one and got a solid shot toward Gibson, that the Ducks goalie kicked away.
With eight minutes left in the second, Jacob Larsson got a great chance. Both Ceci and Martin Marincin were tied up across the crease and that gave Larsson a free shot at Campbell. The Leafs netminder came out aggressively and made an excellent save to keep it a one goal game.
After a huge hit by Cyle Clifford on Backes. He was challenged to a fight by Nicolas Deslauriers that he obliged. Not a lot of punches were thrown as the referees quickly broke it up. NHL leading 12th fight of the season for Deslaurier.
Marner had a bad giveaway in the neutral zone. He actually made a good play back checking but tripped Sam Steel after they collided.
On the penalty kill it was a Campbell show. He looked down and out with the cage open for Ryan Getzlaf, but he threw his glove up and robbed him.
The second ended exactly like the first, 1-0 Anaheim. Toronto six straight periods without a goal. Shots were again 13-8 in the middle frame for the Ducks.
Anaheim started on the powerplay but got no good chances as Tornto did a great job keeping them out of their end.
Early in the third a chance to tie.
Backes laid into Dennis Malign in front of the Leafs bench for a boarding penalty. On their second powerplay opportunity the Leafs got a few solid shots but no real scoring chances.
Toronto got the first ten shots of the period but couldn’t solve Gibson.
The Ducks needed just two shots to extend their lead. Auston Matthew turned it over into his own slot to Adam Henrique who buried his 25th of the year.
Right after the goal Gibson left the net with an apparent injury. Miller went into the Ducks net with a 2-0 lead.
Toronto got a good chance to test him with their third powerplay of the game. William Nylander had a great keep on the blueline and went cross-crease to Matthews. A great rip by the all star but Miller got his elbow on it and deflected it out of play.
It took until 3:00 minutes left for the Leafs to break through. With the net empty Nylander got it at the right circle and went far side on Miller to make it a one goal deficit. Nylanders 30th avoided what could have been back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2015.
A great save by Miller with 38 seconds left. Matthews found John Tavares camped in the slot and he one-timed the puck at the net. The Leafs captain was stopped by the glove of the Miller.
Too little too late as the Ducks held on for a 2-1 victory. Marner’s next game with the 300th of his career.
Next Up, back in Toronto for a possible first round preview against the Tampa Bay Lightning