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game recap

Avalanche 4, Maple Leafs 1

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:47 PM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -Darcy Tucker had a goal and an assist against his former team to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Brett Clark, David Jones and John-Michael Liles had the other goals for Colorado (4-1-1). Craig Anderson made 30 stops to earn his fourth victory of the season.

Francois Beauchemin scored the lone goal for the Leafs (0-5-1).

Toronto coach Ron Wilson tried to shake up his team by benching forwards Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman, who had accounted for five of the team's 12 goals prior to the game against Colorado. He also started third string goalie Joey MacDonald due to injuries to Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson.

"It has to be significant changes," Wilson explained before the game. "Sitting out guys who play on a fourth line who are giving a really good effort makes no sense to me."

None of the changes helped much against the Avalanche, one of the surprise teams so far in this young season.

Toronto gave Colorado two power plays in the opening 10 minutes of the game and Clark capitalized on the second one. His point shot beat MacDonald while the Leafs goalie was being screened by Ian White - his own defenseman.

Jones extended that lead to 2-0 just before the intermission. He made a pretty play on a solo rush to get around Tomas Kaberle before sliding the puck by MacDonald with 50.9 seconds left in the first period.

Falling into an early hole has been a big problem for these Leafs, who have been outscored 10-2 in the opening period this season.

Beauchemin briefly brought some life back to his team with his first goal in a Toronto uniform at 3:33 of the second period, but Tucker quickly nullified that by scoring his third goal of the season just over two minutes later.

Colorado got its fourth goal as Liles saw his centering attempt from along the left boards rise up and go off the head of defenseman Mike Komisarek and into the net at 9:36.

Notes: The Leafs honored former captain Ted Kennedy before the game ... Liles missed the third period with an injury to his right shoulder. ... Teenagers Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly each had an assist for the Avalanche.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:43
COL
PPG - Brett Clark (1) Slapshot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (2), Wojtek Wolski (3)
1 - 0 COL
19:09
COL
David Jones (2) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Hannan (2), Matt Duchene (3)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:33
TOR
PPG - Francois Beauchemin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (4), Tyler Bozak (1)
2 - 1 COL
05:58
COL
PPG - Darcy Tucker (3) Snap shot - ASST: Marek Svatos (1), John-Michael Liles (3)
3 - 1 COL
09:36
COL
John-Michael Liles (2) Wrist shot - ASST: David Jones (2), Ryan O'Reilly (3)
4 - 1 COL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:02
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
06:02
COL
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
07:26
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Hi-sticking against  Brett Clark
10:04
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding against  Adam Foote
13:56
COL
Kyle Quincey  Interference against  Tyler Bozak
2nd Period
03:10
COL
Cody McLeod  Boarding against  Rickard Wallin
04:23
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Elbowing against  Darcy Tucker
07:23
COL
Matt Hendricks  Fighting (maj) against  Garnet Exelby
07:23
TOR
Garnet Exelby  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Hendricks
12:41
TOR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Adam Foote
12:41
COL
Adam Foote  Roughing against  Colton Orr
12:41
COL
Craig Anderson  Roughing against  Colton Orr
3rd Period
08:32
TOR
Jay Rosehill  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
15:35
TOR
Garnet Exelby  Boarding against  TJ Galiardi
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
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