The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Leafs

Tuesday, 14.02.2012 / 8:59 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Leafs




FORMER FLAMES FALL FLAT IN CALGARY

Dion Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi didn't have their best outings of the year on Tuesday night.

Phaneuf was on the ice for two Flames goals and handed Paul Byron a penalty shot in the second period. He was held pointless in the Flames 5-1 win.

Lombardi ended his night with a minus-one rating and no points to his name.

TOP LINE CONTINUES ITS DOMINANCE

Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla have been red hot over the last month and their great play helped carry the Flames to a

Tanguay opened the scoring at 4:43 of the opening frame when he took a pass from his pivot, utilized Luke Schenn's positioning - who was screening his own goalie - to score his seventh tally of the season.

At 8:13, Tanguay was able to hit Jokinen with an excellent pass and the centerman sent a one-timer flying past Jonas Gustavsson for his 18th marker.

Iginla scored the Flames fifth goal of the night late in the game, giving him 22 goals this year.

Overall, the trio combined for seven points in the win.

ROOKIES ON A ROLL

Following in fellow rookie Roman Horak's footsteps, Paul Byron scored in his first game back with the Flames after being recalled from Abbotsford.

The shifty forward was held up by Phaneuf on his way to the net and was was awarded a penalty shot.

He burned Gutavsson blocker side for his third goal of the season.

Horak potted his third goal of the year in his first game back after being recalled last week, slipping one past Roberto Luongo on Saturday's 3-2 SO victory over the Canucks.

STELLAR SAVES IN THE SECOND

The Flames ran into some penalty trouble in the second half of the of the middle frame but Miikka Kiprusoff stood tall to keep the Leafs at bay.

The netminder was outstanding as Toronto pressed hard to make up some ground on the scoreboard, stopping shot after shot. One of his best saves came on Tim Connolly. The forward sent a one-timer from point-blank range but the goaltender got over in time to keep it out of the net.

PULLING AHEAD IN THE POSTSEASON CHASE

The out of town scoreboard was quite kind to the Flames on Tuesday night, making the two points they gained even more valuable.

The Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild lost in regulation keeping them at 59 and 58 points respectively. The Flames now have 62 points and are just a single point behind the Phoenix Coyotes who are currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference. Calgary is also just three points behind the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings.