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ANAHEIM – The Leafs knew this one meant a little bit more to their head coach and they required some heroics from Jonathan Bernier to capture it. Tre Davious White Bills Jersey . Bernier made 43 saves – including 34 in the final two periods – as Toronto landed a statement victory over one of the leagues top teams, dealing Randy Carlyles former Ducks squad just their sixth loss in regulation at home this season. Scorching since early January, the Leafs have now snatched up points in 17 of the past 20 games (14-3-3), starting a challenging five-game road trip with a bang in California. Racing out to an unlikely 3-0 lead on this night, they needed more of the usual from Bernier as the Ducks pushed back with the expected fury of the leagues second-best team. The 25-year-old stopped 18 of 19 shots in an increasingly one-sided middle frame before adding another 16 saves to his resume in the third. Seemingly better the busier he gets, Bernier owns a sparkling .947 save percentage when he faces 40 shots or more in a game this season. A sponge on this night, he improved to 8-2-2 in such situations on the year. “Its crazy how the rebounds, they just kind of suck into him,” said Tyler Bozak, who had the games first goal. “Hes one of the few goalies Ive seen who can control his rebounds so well and doesnt let many come off him. He was a huge reason why we got the win tonight like he has been all year.” Quiet in his movements and a step ahead of the play in many instances, Bernier rarely required the big save, instead in prime position to absorb most that came his way. There was the stop on Rickard Rakell after a Phil Kessel neutral zone turnover, the glove save on Patrick Maroon high-slot and the Corey Perry short-side attempt on an early third period man advantage for the Ducks.All but one were turned aside. “Im not a goalie so I dont really know how they think,” said Paul Ranger, “but as a defenceman you anticipate plays and I think hes very good at anticipating plays from the offensive opponents. He just seems to know that its going to happen. He knows where theyre going to shoot.” Also helped by 24 blocked shots, Bernier rose to fourth in the NHL (tie) with a .926 save percentage. Like Carlyle on Monday, hell visit his former team in Los Angeles for the first time on Thursday night. Making his return to Anaheim for the first time as Leafs head coach, Carlyle was clearly revved up to face his old squad. His players sensed as much. “I think he mightve been a little more nervous for this one than the other ones,” said Bozak, “but were happy we could get one for him.” “Theres satisfaction when you beat your former hockey club,” Carlyle admitted. “Im not going to hide that fact.” Five Points 1. Carlyles Return I Strolling up to the Honda Center, where he spent seven seasons as the Ducks coach, Carlyle couldnt help but feel sentimental on Monday morning. He saw a familiar friend in the “big, happy” parking lot attendant and another gentleman who washes the players cars, most of cars newly replaced since Carlyle was dismissed in Dec. 2011. “Its always nice to come back and see the people you spent seven-plus years with,” Carlye said ahead of Mondays clash, calling himself “part of the enemy” now as the Leafs bench boss. “Its special.” Carlyle led the bench here when the Ducks captured their first and only Stanley Cup in 2007. And though he doesnt wear the ring from that epic summer much – “I kind of look at it as flaunting” – the memories and achievement remain an obvious point of pride. “I was very fortunate to coach the players that were here,” he said of a group that included Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. “We had a great group of players and we had a lot of things go our way. We had a lot of success and we enjoyed it. It was great for the franchise. But in reality its the players that go out there and earn it. The coaches, you swing the gate.” Selanne and Perry were among the current Ducks who looked back regretfully at the manner in which Carlyle departed. Anaheim started the season well enough then – winning four of their first five – before spiraling into the chaos of 16 losses in 19 games (3-12-4). Carlyle was dismissed on Dec. 1 and replaced by Bruce Boudreau. “He was a great coach here and it was unfortunate the way he had to go,” said Perry. “You cant fire all the players. We feel bad for what really happened.” “After all you still have to remember that the players are on the ice,” added Selanne. “And when you have a coach that you won the Stanley Cup together and a lot of the same players and you cant succeed its also a [leadership] problem that you couldnt turn things around. There were a lot of things that went wrong.” Carlyle received a standing ovation from the Ducks faithful during the first TV timeout. 2. Then & Now Carlyle believes hes calmed some since leaving the sunny California skies, also trying to offer a more positive outlook to his players where possible. Joffrey Lupul, who played for Carlyle twice with the Ducks and now with the Leafs, offered one subtle and maybe more revealing change in his head coach from then to now. “If anything I think now he maybe relies on his assistant coaches a little more,” said Lupul, “gives them a little more control to chip in where they may, lets them talk in the room a lot more whereas in Anaheim he seemed to, especially initially, control everything from the power-play to penalty kill. Now I think hes got a really good staff here and has a lot of faith in them.” 3. Bozak Marksmanship Tyler Bozak has been the most accurate shooter in the NHL to date this season. The 27-year-old scored his 15th of the year on Monday – snapping a long power-play slide – bumping up his league-leading shooting percentage to 22 per cent. Though buoyed by an uptick in luck, Bozak has actually proven an efficient shooter his entire career. He entered this season with a career 15.5 per cent mark. Bozak had three points against the Ducks, now with 40 points in 42 games. 4. Trending Upward Still third from the bottom, the Toronto penalty kill is trending in the right direction as the stretch drive heats up. Stuffing the Ducks on all four opportunities Monday the unit improved to 88 per cent in the past 12 games. “Obviously your goaltender is always your best penalty killer,” said Carlyle. “I thought Bernie made some big stops and we were able to box out and there wasnt a lot of second and third opportunities.” On the other side of the special teams equation, the Leaf power-play snapped an 0-19 slide when Bozak tapped in a Dion Phaneuf pass in the first frame. “It was nice to get out there on the power-play and not give one up and get one instead,” said Bozak with a grin. 5. Carlyles Return II Carlyle was just finishing his career when Selanne joined him in Winnipeg as a rookie. The two would connect again 12 years later when Carlyle took over for Mike Babcock behind the bench in Anaheim following the second lockout. Selanne was joining the Ducks for a second go-around following a failed one-year experiment in Colorado. He was battling back from knee surgery, but was given an opportunity that year under Carlyle. “He was so great for me,” Selanne said of Carlyle. “[He] gave me another chance. Very thankful for that.” The now 43-year-old rewarded that faith in the 2005-06 season, scoring 40 goals and 90 points. Stats-Pack .947 – Save percentage for Jonathan Bernier when facing 40 shots or more. 8 – Blocked shots for Dion Phaneuf against the Ducks. 0-19 – Skid without a power-play goal for the Leafs, snapped with Tyler Bozaks 15th this year in the opening frame. 22% – Shooting percentage for Bozak this season, no. 1 in the NHL. 19-7 – Shots advantage for the Ducks in Mondays second period. 35 – Points in the past 21 games for Phil Kessel, who had three more points in Anaheim, up to six in two games versus the Ducks this season. 8-2-2 – Record for Bernier this season when facing 40 shots or more. 23:56 – Team-leading ice-time for Carl Gunnarsson, which included nearly five minutes on the penalty kill. Special Teams Capsule PP: 1-2Season: 21% (6th) PK: 4-4Season: 78.3% Quote of the Night “Theres satisfaction when you beat your former hockey club. Im not going to hide that fact.” -Randy Carlyle, after beating his former team for the first time in Anaheim Up Next The Leafs visit the Sharks on Tuesday night in the second leg of a five-game road trip. Tre Davious White Youth Jersey . The light-heavyweight champion and number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world is on an 11-fight UFC winning streak, the longest in the history of the weight class. Dion Dawkins Bills Jersey . Reyes, 26, was traded from Atlanta to Toronto in July 2010 and spent the remainder of the season in the minors. He began 2011 in the majors and made 20 starts with the Blue Jays, going 5-8 with a 5.40 earned run average before he was waived on Aug. http://www.billsauthoritystore.com/Authentic-Nathan-Peterman-Bills-Jersey/ . The stakes were higher, the competition more fierce and the atmosphere was that of a playoff game - something the young, upstart Raptors have five weeks to better prepare themselves for or the result will be eerily similar.The Toronto Blue Jays entire plans for the approaching July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may have been drastically altered, if not shut down, by Sundays injury news. Brett Lawrie is likely gone for 4-6 weeks with a broken finger on his right hand, and Jose Bautista is possibly following him to the disabled list with a hamstring issue on his right leg. Before those injuries and during that ugly 3-7 road trip, there was talk the Blue Jays were scouting Rays ace lefty David Price and might have an interest in the multi-talented Ben Zobrist, who can play nearly any position on the diamond. Both players would be an immense help to the Blue Jays, but the odds of either ending up in Toronto are slim and none. It all goes back to that old cliché about not trading within your division. This is Tampa Bays 17th year of existence. Over that span, the Devil Rays/Rays have only made four trades within the American League East, and it might even be a stretch to say even one of those was significant. In fact, they have made only one deal apiece with the Yankees and Red Sox. The Yankees deal goes back over eight years to May 24, 2006. The Yanks bought Nick Green from the Rays. Thats it. The Boston trade goes back even further to July 21,1999. The Rays dealt Dominican-born reliever Julio Santana to the Reds Sox for a player to be named later (Will Silverthorn) and cash. Santana spent seven years in the Majors - including a brief stint with Montreal - but never did pitch for the Red Sox after that deal. The Rays have made three trades with Baltimore but none since August 7, 2009. Arguably the biggest deal between the Rays and Os happened March 29, 1999, when Tampa Bay dealt right hander Jason Johnson to the Orioles for Danny Clyburn and a minor leaguer by the name of Bolivar Volquez. Again, hardly a blockbuster. On August 7, 2007 the Rays picked up catcher Gregg Zahn from the 0s for a player to be named later, named Rhyne Hughes. Zahn was 38 at the time and about a year from calling it a career. All of which brings us to the Blue Jays. They havent made a trade with the Rays in nearly 10 years. On December 12, 2004, they sent catcher Kevin Cash to Tampa Bay for right hander Chad Gaudin. The deal with the Rays that was supposed to have the biggest impact for the Jays happened on July 31, 2000. The Blue Jays looking to add some pitching depth for the stretch run dealt second base prospect Brent Abernathy to the Rays for right hander Steve Trachsel and veteran reliever Mark Guthrie. The deal failed to push Jim Fregosis Jays over the top. Overall, if you look at all eight of the deals the Rays have made without their diivision, only one - the Trachsel-Guthrie for Abernathy trade - actually came on the July 31 deadline. Zay Jones Jersey. Most of the trades were inconsequential and none involved a star player. The Rays, as mentioned, havent even made a deal in the East since August 7, 2009, so dont hold your breath waiting for the Jays or any other team in the East to get Price or Zobrist. If either or both are dealt, theyre likely wind up in the National League. The San Diego Padres will be holding a special ceremony this Thursday to honour Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. I only had the pleasure of watching him up close and in person three times. The first was at the All-Star game in 1998 at Coors Field in Denver. I was so impressed with his smile, his laugh, his personality and his limitless skill with the bat. I was lucky enough to watch that game from a bunker just below field level in right field. We were able to look thought a glass partition and see Tony Gwynn playing right field right in front of us. It was like we were playing right alongside him on every ball hit to right. It was an unforgettable experience. I saw him again in the 1998 World Series, where he might have been the best player on the diamond even though the Yankees swept the Padres four straight. In 1999, I was at the final All-Star game of the last century at Fenway Park in Boston. The most incredible moment was watching all the All-Stars gather at the mound before the game when Red Sox legend Ted Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch from his wheelchair. Tony Gwynn was right at his side. That will always be one of my greatest sporting memories. The Angels put 42-year-old Raul Ibanez on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. If this indeed is the end for Raul as a player, what a career he had. He was a 36th-round draft pick of Seattle back in 1992. He went on to hit .273 for his career with five different organizations with 2019 hits and 3030 homers. He was one of those rare individuals who seemed to get better with age. In 2005, at age 33 he played the entire 162 game schedule. He slugged 29 home runs with Seattle last year at age 41. He also made it to the postseason in five different seasons. If he wants to remain in the game, there are bound to be plenty of organizations willing to give him a chance. If the Jays are going to stay in playoff contention, they have to pick it up against the East - 47 of their remaining 85 games are against their own division and they have slipped to 15-14 versus the East. Baltimore is a division-best 20-13 against the East, while the Yankees are second at 15-10 and the Jays are third. 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