"We started collectively turning pucks over and that's a fast hockey team," Ducks defenseman
"We gave them too many easy pucks, easy turnovers, and they were able to hit it back at us with speed and we certainly lost our composure."
After Ducks center
That atmosphere transformed into an electrifying surge of three Maple Leaf goals in less than 10 minutes, with Kessel scoring twice in the span.
On the heels of two good saves by Ducks goalie
Kessel was positioned to the right and rear of Hiller as the Maple Leafs swarmed and occupied the goalie's attention before
Just 1:19 later,
The Ducks' frustration heightened after Van Riemsdyk tripped Ducks captain
Anaheim (7-2) was not only shut out during the opportunity, but also managed only one good shot at Toronto goalie and ex-King
With 3:51 remaining in the second, after Getzlaf lost the puck and Lovejoy got left behind, Kessel closed a two-on-one breakaway by beating Hiller high to the goalie's left for a 3-2 Toronto lead.
"We were trying to be too pretty there and it cost us," Perreault said, adding the wasted two-man chance was "very frustrating."
"We had some good looks, but couldn't find a way to put it in. You've got to score in those opportunities. You saw them come back and score on us. It's hard to swallow."
In the third period, Perreault passed to
Less than two minutes later, Van Riemsdyk rushed down ice and dished to a charging Kessel on Hiller's right side to cap the hat trick with 11:49 to go.