Game report: Maple Leafs 4, Ducks 0

Key play: Nazem Kadri sent a laser from the left wing past Ducks goaltender John Gibson to give Toronto a three-goal lead at 12:35 of the second period and the Maple Leafs went on to take a chippy 4-0 victory Wednesday at the Honda Center.

Pivotal performer: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the Maple Leafs’ first two goals, his 10th and 11th of the season. His second goal gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead 7:38 into the second period, capping a strong start to the middle period by Toronto.

Dropping the gloves: Ducks defenseman Josh Manson knocked Maple Leafs counterpart Roman Polak off his skates to the delight of the crowd during a first-period fight ignited by Polak’s boarding penalty against Mike Santorelli. Manson also drew a 10-minute misconduct. After the fight, Polak reached around the linesmen and jabbed at Manson and Manson later admitted he overreacted.

Quote, unquote: “They’re good at agitating and getting under the skin,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Maple Leafs. “We didn’t have the composure that we needed.”

Injury update: Gibson left the game after a collision with Kadri in the opening moments of the third period, appearing to injure his leg. Gibson went directly to the Ducks’ dressing room and did not return to the bench. Frederik Andersen replaced him. Boudreau later said he didn’t know much about Gibson’s condition except to say it was a lower-body injury. Boudreau said he hoped to know more Thursday.

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson’s quote of the night

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory Friday over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center, his first in the NHL. Said Manson: “I just wanted to put it in the back of the net. It could have been an empty-netter. I wouldn’t have cared. I ran out of breath because I was screaming so hard.”

Game report: Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 2

Key play: Defenseman Josh Manson’s third-period goal, his first in the NHL, propelled the Ducks to a 4-2 victory Friday over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center. The Ducks won their third consecutive game to improve their overall record to 4-7-2.

Pivotal performers: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry had three assists apiece, setting up goals by Manson in the third period, left wing Patrick Maroon in the second and defenseman Cam Fowler in the first.

Line shifts: Getzlaf returned to the Ducks’ lineup after sitting out four games because of a non-emergency appendectomy. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau teamed him with Maroon and Perry, reforming the club’s top line from the playoffs last spring.

Quote, unquote: “We played with the puck a lot more tonight,” Getzlaf said. “It felt like the old days. It wasn’t like the start of the season. I thought everyone was moving. We were getting in on the forecheck and that makes a big difference for our team.”

Quote, unquote (part 2): “I felt pretty good,” Getzlaf said. “I was able to get the legs moving and throw a few pucks toward the net. … I was ready to play. The excitement was there. Being out for four games definitely wasn’t fun.”

Roster move: The Ducks recalled left wing Harry Zolnierczyk from their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Zolnierczyk was not in their lineup Friday, however.

Injury update: Manson returned to the lineup after sitting out for six games because of an upper-body injury suffered Oct. 22 against the Nashville Predators.

Ducks winger Jiri Sekac out with sprained ankle, plus other injury news

Upon further review, left wing Jiri Sekac suffered a sprained right ankle in Sunday’s 4-2 victory and is out indefinitely. The Ducks placed Sekac on injured reserve, where he joins Ryan Getzlaf (appendectomy) and defenseman Simon Despres (concussion).

Defenseman Josh Manson rejoined the Ducks after sitting out five games because of an upper-body injury. He said he wasn’t immediately certain when he might play again, but would probably have a better idea of his availability after the morning skate.

“We’re scrambling a little bit,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of the team’s rash of injuries. “But I mean every team goes through them and every team has them. You just have to adjust and go forward.”