Ducks Blank Leafs


Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn thought his team was too cute. Captain Mats Sundin said it was just plain ugly.

Guy Hebert made 19 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat Toronto 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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  • "I think it was our worst game of the year," said Sundin, who was held to just one shot on net. "We had a poor game from every line except for CuJo (goalie Curtis Joseph). We reverted back to our old habits from last year of being too fancy with the puck."

    Anaheim won for the first time in Toronto since Dec. 15, 1993, and also ended a five-game overall winless streak against the Maple Leafs.

    "Guy is going really well," said Paul Kariya, who iced the game with an empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining. "He was extremely solid. When he didn't clear the puck right away he was in position for the second shot."

    Marty McInnis and Kariya scored for the Mighty Ducks, off to their best start in franchise history at 8-6-2.

    "I guess that's the only way we can win in here is to shut them out," Hebert said. "I think we're finally putting 60 minutes together and we've been playing better against the better teams."

    Curtis Joseph stopped 22 shots for the Maple Leafs (10-5-2), who remained tied with Ottawa for the Eastern Conference lead.

    McInnis opened the scoring at 7:48 of the second period, beating Joseph with a snap shot from the slot off a pass from Ted Donato.
    Anaheim had an opportunity to score on a power-play later in the period, but Fredrik Olausson's shot from the point hit the right goalpost. Seconds later, McInnis hit the left post.

    "There was nothing there tonight," said Toronto's Steve Thomas, who has just one goal this season. "We got it in deep a few times, but we didn't go in there and get it, and they brought it out at will."

    Quinn said his players were trying to do too much with the puck.

    "We were making a lot of bad decisions with the puck. We took the lazy way to play and (the Ducks) came to work hard. It was very uncharacteristic of the game we should play."

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