Oct 22, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Anaheim 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Kessel scores hat trick as Leafs top Ducks, 4-2

An impressive performance by Phil Kessel helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks tonight, 4-2. Kessel was able to score a hat trick on Tuesday. Two of his goals came in the second period, with the final goal in the third period. Via the Associated Press,

Phil Kessel scored three goals to rally Toronto from a two-goal deficit and the Maple Leafs beat Anaheim 4-2 Tuesday night to deny the Ducks a club record eighth straight win.

It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance for the Leafs, who were booed off the ice after a woeful first period that saw them outplayed, outshot 6-2 and outscored 1-0. Kessel struck twice in the second period sandwiched around a goal by Dion Phaneuf. Kessel completed his hat trick in the third period.

The win over the Ducks snapped Toronto’s two game losing streak, and brought their record to 7-3-0 (14 points) on the season thus far. The Ducks, with the loss, fell to 7-2-0 (14 points).

Kessel and the Maple Leafs will look to start another streak, this time a winning one, when the face off against Columbus on Friday. The Ducks will try to keep up their winning ways on Thursday when they take on the Canadiens.



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