Maple Leafs keep rolling, beat Flames

Aaron Vickers  - Correspondent | Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 2:21 AM

CALGARY -- The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to get outshot.

They keep finding a way to win too.

Despite being nearly doubled up on shots, Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves and Toronto got goals from four different scorers to beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

The win came less than 24 hours after James Reimer and the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 despite being outshot 43-26. This was the 11th straight game Toronto had fewer shots than its opponent.

"I think that you can't look past your goaltender," said Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, whose team was outshot 43-22. "He's given us a chance no matter who we've put in the net, he's been able to provide quality goaltending. That 1A, 1B theory, we're going to beat it to death."

With the Maple Leafs having played Tuesday, Bernier figured he'd be heavily relied upon against the Flames.

"I knew back-to-back, you've got to feel good," said Bernier, who improved to 6-4-0 on the season. "They're a good team in that building. I've played here many times and they come out really hard. I just want to make those saves and keep my team in the game."

Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, Mason Raymond and Paul Ranger scored for the Maple Leafs (10-4-0), who have won three straight. Matt Stajan and David Jones replied for Calgary (5-5-2), which dropped its first game in regulation on home ice this season.

"I felt that we had a good game," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "We are not very pleased with the result, but I don't know what we could have done more. Offensively we generated a lot. Our forechecking was good. Our puck decisions in the offensive zone were very good, but Bernier basically stole the game away from us."

Though they were heavily outshot after 20 minutes, the Maple Leafs escaped the first period with a 2-0 lead.

Seconds after a slashing penalty to Dennis Wideman expired, Lupul picked Jake Gardiner's point shot off the boards. His initial attempt to stuff it by Flames goaltender Karri Ramo was blocked by Chris Butler, but Lupul fished out the rebound and made good on his second chance for his seventh of the season at 7:56.

The Flames held a 15-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes, but Bernier was equal to the task.

After former Toronto forward Joe Colborne failed to connect with TJ Brodie on a 2-on-1 the shift after Lupul's goal, Bernier shouldered away Curtis Glencross' shot from the high slot near the midway point of the first. Brodie followed that opportunity by deflecting a Glencross slap shot off the post three minutes later.

With the Flames on a man-advantage, van Riemsdyk put the Maple Leafs up by two, burying his shorthanded marker under Ramo's arm with four seconds remaining in the period.

"That's a huge goal for our team," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "JVR's been unbelievable for us all year. That's a great shot from where he scored that goal. Anytime you can get the momentum with a shorthanded goal is huge."

Bernier went back to work with Calgary continuing its power play in the second period, stopping Glencross on the doorstep after taking a feed from Russell less than a minute in.

He then stopped Jiri Hudler with the glove and followed it up by stoning Brodie, who had jumped into the play to create an odd-man rush with three minutes gone.

He did the same to Sven Baertschi at 6:19, taking away the five-hole after the Flames forward danced around Phaneuf in front.

The Flames broke through Bernier on their 31st shot of the game. Shortly after Shane O'Brien and Carter Ashton dropped the gloves in response to Ashton's hit on Derek Smith, Glencross found Stajan with some space in the slot. The former Maple Leaf fired a shot past Bernier's glove with 2:57 remaining in the period to cut Toronto's lead to 2-1.

The goal halted Toronto's shutout streak at 150:11.

The Leafs gave Bernier some breathing room at 5:59 of the third period. Brodie coughed the puck up to David Clarkson, who broke in and fired a shot that was turned aside by Ramo. On the doorstep, Raymond collected the rebound and tucked it across the goal line to give Toronto a 3-1 lead.

"It was a bad play," Brodie said. "You know, down by one goal, you start sitting back in the neutral zone looking for turnovers, and I've got to make the play there."

Brodie's Flames didn't fold, though. Jones cut the lead back to one by deflecting Russell's point shot by Bernier with 5:21 remaining in the game.

But with Clarkson in the box in the final minutes of the game and Ramo on the bench for an extra attacker, Ranger sealed it for Toronto with a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 1:22 remaining.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:56TOR Joffrey Lupul (7) ASST: Jake Gardiner (3), Nazem Kadri (8) 1 - 0 TOR
19:56TOR SHG - James van Riemsdyk (7) ASST: Jay McClement (1) 2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
17:03CGY Matt Stajan (1) ASST: Curtis Glencross (3), TJ Brodie (3) 2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
05:59TOR Mason Raymond (5) ASST: David Clarkson (1) 3 - 1 TOR
14:39CGY David Jones (3) ASST: Kris Russell (5), Dennis Wideman (7) 3 - 2 TOR
18:38TOR SHG - EN - Paul Ranger (1) ASST: NONE 4 - 2 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 33-35
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .953SH: 0-0
Curtis Glencross
Curtis Glencross
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:36
Matt Stajan
Matt Stajan
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:01
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:22TOR Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
01:22CGY Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
05:51CGY Dennis Wideman  Slashing against  James van Riemsdyk
13:19TOR David Clarkson  Hooking against  Michael Cammalleri
19:16TOR Dave Bolland  Slashing against  TJ Galiardi
2nd Period
12:22TOR Phil Kessel  Interference against  Matt Stajan
16:56CGY Shane O'Brien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Carter Ashton
16:56CGY Shane O'Brien  Instigator against  Carter Ashton
16:56TOR Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
16:56CGY Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Carter Ashton
16:56TOR Carter Ashton  Boarding against  Derek Smith
3rd Period
09:54TOR Dave Bolland  Hooking against  Jiri Hudler
17:00TOR David Clarkson  Boarding against  Chris Butler
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/10/5
Faceoff Wins4334
Blocked Shots1813
Penalty Minutes2224
3D. PhaneufD0001021:56
4C. FransonD0011020:33
11J. McClementC0111020:52
12M. RaymondL1021017:43
15P. RangerD1014019:45
19J. LupulL1003016:52
21J. van RiemsdykL1014023:33
23T. SmithC000102:59
28C. OrrR000005:57
36C. GunnarssonD0000020:41
37C. AshtonR0001710:03
38F. McLarenL000050:04
43N. KadriC0101020:09
44M. RiellyD0011018:51
51J. GardinerD0110018:14
63D. BollandC0011419:30
71D. ClarksonR0101415:38
81P. KesselR00-11216:40
45J. Bernier4143.95360:00
4K. RussellD01-22029:13
6D. WidemanD01-23229:25
7T. BrodieD0105021:45
8J. ColborneC00-22023:54
13M. CammalleriL0002022:38
15T. JackmanR000003:06
16B. McGrattanR000152:41
17L. BoumaC00-1004:36
18M. StajanC1022016:01
20C. GlencrossL0115020:36
23S. MonahanC00-36017:11
24J. HudlerR00-31019:12
27D. SmithD000009:58
39T. GaliardiL0001018:09
44C. ButlerD00-14021:28
47S. BaertschiL00-13013:23
54D. JonesR1016019:33
55S. O'BrienD0000176:55
31K. Ramo1821.85758:16