Missed opportunities, a battle-weary goalie and a final assault by nemesis
"Weird game. We had chances — chances and chances — we bury those chances, the game's over," Ducks center
But after out-shooting Toronto, 31-16, through two periods only to trail by a goal, the Ducks' mounting frustration of repeatedly missing an open net or finding Bernier's glove unraveled into a third period of ugliness.
The Maple Leafs (19-9-3) received goals from
"It was a collective effort — we can all be better," Ducks forward
Compounding the matter, Ducks backup goalie
"I was pretty much fixing my lace and taking the puck out of the net," Bryzgalov said. "You always can find excuses — was the lace loose? — but you're out there to help the team stop the puck."
Kessel, with a team-best 17 goals this season, did the same thing here last season to Anaheim (21-7-5), when a Ducks' seven-game winning streak was snapped in a three-goal Kessel game.
"We'll just move on from this one, go to Montreal [for Thursday's game] and focus on that … we're gonna have days like that," Kesler said.
Toronto Coach Randy Carlyle conceded his team was the beneficiary of favorable events.
The Maple Leafs brushed off a series of Ducks threats near the crease late in the first period, then extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal by former Ducks forward
"I don't think we can take that to the bank and say we felt good about ourselves," Carlyle said. "You're holding your breath … you exhale, and say, 'Let's relax a bit.' "
After Lupul's goal, a golden rebound chance was missed wide by Cogliano. Then, Ducks forward
The first career short-handed goal by Ducks defenseman
Andersen explained that Booth's shot "hit something and jumped over the pad."
"Big difference is they hit the net on their great chances, and we missed the net," Boudreau said.