|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 4, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario Attendance: 18,858
Ducks take on Maple Leafs in effort to rebound from disastrous loss
The Anaheim Ducks will try to get themselves in order Monday night when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will be trying to build on their latest win.
The Ducks ended their nine-day All-Star break on Saturday in complete disorder by losing 9-3 at Winnipeg to the Jets.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs, who returned to action for the first time since Jan. 23 on Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings at Detroit, returned home to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Ducks need to find answers fast. They went into the break with 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 23 and they allowed six goals in the first period to the Jets on their return.
"You don't give yourself a chance if you don't compete, and we didn't compete," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "They know the message. I spoke my piece after the first period because after that, in my mind, you're not going to have much of an effect on them because they're numb."
The Maple Leafs also had a slow start Saturday, falling behind 2-0 before cutting the deficit in half before the end of the first period on a goal by Auston Matthews. They won it with second-period goals by Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman.
Backup goaltender Garret Sparks made sure the first-period disadvantage was not worse with some big saves.
"Obviously, when it got 2-0 and they've blown two by you, it's easy to get a little bit rattled," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think he did at all. I thought our team at that point, I really thought we were playing well, I thought we had the puck a lot and we were down 2-0 so we stayed the course."
The Maple Leafs are scheduled to start No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen, who played Friday in Detroit, against his former team on Monday.
He will be facing a team that has lost 15 of 17 games since Dec. 18.
Ducks goaltender John Gibson had little help Saturday and allowed six goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Chad Johnson.
"We've got to test our mettle and our personnel," Carlyle said. "Our personnel has to understand what happened (Saturday) is unacceptable and we're going to hold some people accountable to the way they're playing. Ice time. They're going to sit in the stands. There are various ways to do it. I never expected us to perform the way we did tonight with the group we have coming off a nine-day break. I figured we'd have a little bit of a lull, but we'd get our feet underneath us. But we didn't even initiate enough and get involved enough in the hockey game to be satisfied on that point."
Right winger Corey Perry (knee surgery) and defenseman Korbinian Holzer (wrist surgery) made their season debuts Saturday after being out with injuries. Right winger Patrick Eaves (fractured rib) played for the first time since Nov. 9.
"We had six goals-against in the first period and five came within our crease," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We've got to compete harder."
The Maple Leafs had a solid night offensively from their defense that added Jake Muzzin last week in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.
Dermott had a goal and an assist, Jake Gardiner had two assists and Morgan Rielly had an assist.
Rielly, a left-handed shot, has moved to right defense to accommodate Muzzin on the left side on what has proved to be a solid pairing after two games.
"I thought it was good," Rielly said. "We're growing, we're talking more. We're both coming back from a long break, so it takes a game or two to get going again. I think this was a good step and we're going to keep working at it, keep talking, keep trying to improve and I think that's the best thing we've got going for us -- we're both motivated to get better."
--Field Level Media
Updated February 3, 2019
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