NHL Wrap: Kessel, Leafs snap Ducks' win streak

NHL Wrap: Kessel, Leafs snap Ducks' win streak
October 22, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Phil Kessel scored three times in Toronto's 4-2 win over the Ducks on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)

TORONTO -- 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.

James van Riemsdyk, who played provider to Kessel most of the night, had a chance to make it 5-2 in the third period, but hit the goalpost with a backhand on a penalty shot after being interfered with on a breakaway.

Kessel, whose offense had been sporadic at best this season, upped his goal total to five with the hat trick. The Leafs' sniper had a chance to go for a fourth late in the game but chose to pass it to linemate Tyler Bozak, who failed to convert (see full recap).

Blue Jackets dominate Devils
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

The loss dropped the Devils to 0-5-2 on the road and 1-5-3 on the season.

Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist, and Cam Atkinson and Marian Gaborik also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the second time at home after four consecutive losses. They are 13-3-3 in their last 19 home games.

The Devils led 1-0 after Michael Ryder's power-play goal in the second period, but Dubinsky responded with a man-advantage goal. Atkinson and Wisniewski, still battling the flu, each added unassisted goals.

Corey Schneider had 20 saves for the Devils, who were coming off a 4-0 victory over the New York Rangers that had ended a club-record, season-opening seven-game winless streak (see full recap).

Canucks top Isles in OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Brad Richardson banked in a shot off goalie Evgeni Nabokov 2:16 into overtime to lift the rallying Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

The Canucks weren't dismayed by allowing the tying goal to Frans Nielsen with 1:12 left in regulation, and skated off with a win. Richardson flung the puck in front and it found its way past Nabokov on Vancouver's 33rd shot.

With Nabokov pulled, Nielsen fired the rebound of defenseman Andrew MacDonald's shot into the open left side of the net, past the outstretched glove of Roberto Luongo to tie it at 4.

Chris Higgins had given the Canucks their first lead of the game -- 4-3 -- with 17.2 seconds left in the second.

He scored off a feed from defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who took the puck away from Brock Nelson in the New York zone (see full recap).