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 at 8:11 of the third period.
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Kessel, whose offense had been sporadic at best this season, upped his goal total to five. 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.
Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault scored for Anaheim.