The Game Rush: Flames vs. Maple Leafs
An in-depth look at the Flames-Leafs tilt
CALGARY, AB -- All eyes may have been on Dion Phaneuf in his first return to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday but after 60 minutes, the attention was focused solely on the Flames and their 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs opened the scoring 6:14 of the opening frame when Nikolai Kulemin was able to deposit a Clark MacArthur rebounded past Kiprusoff. Francois Beauchemin also assisted.
The Flames didn't waste any time answering back, however. Mikael Backlund sent a harmless looking shot towards the net from the faceoff circle and Ales Kotalik screened J.S. Giguere, allowing the puck to drift softly into the net. Brendan Morrison earned the lone assist on Backlund's fourth of the year.
Toronto fell apart in the second period and the Flames took full advantage, scoring three goals in 57 seconds and putting 15 shots on net.
After being robbed by the glove of Giguere twice, Jokinen finally found the back of the net at 15:50 when he sent a hard slap shot flying through the Leafs netminder. The power play tally pushed Jokinen to five goals on the season. Anton Babchuk and Hagman earned the helpers on the play.
Rene Bourque put the Flames fourth goal in the net at 16:14 when he went cruising into the offensive zone and blasted a hard slap shot into the net. Jokinen had the lone assist on the play.
Jonas Gustavsson took over in net for the Leafs in the third period.
Calgary kept the pressure up in the third period and Hagman was able to capitalize on Mikhail Grabovski's third straight penalty. Taking a pass from Jokinen, Hagman wired a wrist shot towards Gustavsson, beating him glove side at 2:30.
Grabovski made it 5-2 at 8:45 with a slap shot that beat Kiprusoff high glove side.