Leafs swamp Ducks with Parenteau goals, Bernier saves
Toronto opens west coast trip with solid effort in shutout win
Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves in his 11th career shutout, and P.A. Parenteau scored two goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Nazem Kadri and Brad Boyes also scored for the Leafs, who opened their three-game California road trip with their fourth win in five games overall.
John Gibson stopped 22 shots, but the Ducks' All-Star rookie goalie was forced to leave early in the third following a collision with Kadri.
Bernier did his toughest work while making 18 saves in the first period of his second shutout of a Southern California team this season. He also scuffled with Corey Perry during the third period when the Ducks' All-Star forward responded to a slash on his legs by cross-checking the Toronto goalie.
The Ducks had won four of their past five games to move into playoff position, but reverted to their early-season woes while getting shut out for the eighth time already this season.
Gibson made 22 saves before Kadri knocked out his legs while skidding through the Ducks' crease following a scoring chance in the opening minute of the third period. After writhing on the ground and consulting with trainers, Gibson skated off and was replaced by Frederik Andersen.
Gibson has played in 16 of the Ducks' last 18 games, earning his first All-Star selection with stellar play since making his season debut on Nov. 24. Gibson is still technically a rookie despite playing in 42 games over three seasons and four more in the 2014 postseason.
Anaheim took 11 of the game's first 12 shots, but the Leafs went ahead early when Parenteau scored on a broken play off a faceoff. The veteran forward scored again off a loose puck in the slot early in the second, earning his second multigoal game of the season.
Kadri then converted a one-timer immediately after breaking his stick on defense and picking up fresh lumber in stride at the Toronto bench. Boyes added a deflection goal early in the third.