ANAHEIM - Randy Carlyleís return to the Honda Center didnít 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 letís not forget goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 43 saves, including 16 in the third period.