Maple Leafs open road swing with win over Ducks

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson fights with Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ben Lovejoy at...

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson fights with Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ben Lovejoy at the Honda Center in Anaheim, March 10, 2014. (KELVIN KUO/USA Today)

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 AM ET

ANAHEIM - Randy Carlyle’s return to the Honda Center didn’t go as many figured it would.

The thinking was the Maple Leafs were going to be overmatched by a dominant Anaheim Ducks club, and while there were painful stretches for the visitors, Toronto departed with a 3-1 victory to kick off a five-game trip on Monday night.

Carlyle had not coached in the building since he was fired by the Ducks in December 2011, 4 1/2 years after leading Anaheim to its first Stanley Cup.

As usual, the Leafs were led by their top line, as the James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel trio combined for seven points.

Kessel and Bozak had a goal and two assists each, while van Riemsdyk had an assist before a crowd of 17,229, which included more than a few Leafs fans.

And let’s not forget goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 43 saves, including 16 in the third period.


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