You knew that Toronto's winless slide wouldn't last forever, and late last night, they rode a Niklas Hagman hat trick to a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, the first game of an extended road trip for the Leafs. Defenseman Tomas Kaberle had a five-point night on the strength of a goal and four helpers
The battle of the Jonas Brothers (Gustavsson and Hiller that is) was won by the Toronto rookie, who stopped 25 of 28 shots for his first NHL win.
Former Bruin Petteri Nokelainen opened the scoring for Anaheim, netting his first of the season 10:28 into the game, but Hagman responded with his first on the night at 15:50 to pull even and it was off to the races after that.
Toronto now is 1-7-1 with 3 points, two behind the Florida Panthers, who don't look to be getting better anytime soon, with David Booth out for an undetermined amount of time with a concussion suffered against Philadelphia's Mike Richards on Saturday.
Toronto next faces the Stars in Dallas on Wednesday. Dallas is a Jeckyll and Hyde team- I was in attendance at Boston's shutout against them two Fridays ago, and they looked completely listless and overmatched, only to watch them travel to Chicago and beat the Blackhawks the next night. There is no telling which Stars team will take the ice against the Leafs.