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Flames 4, Leafs 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM
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Flames 4, Leafs 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Calgary Flames 4

CALGARY (AP) - Dustin Boyd had two goals and the Calgary Flames held on for a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Flames, who had lost four of their last five.

Boyd gave Calgary a 4-1 lead at 11:13 in the third for his first career two-goal game. He fired in a rebound after Vesa Toskala stopped Marc Giordano's slap shot.

The Flames looked as if they were in control but third-period goals by Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan, with 54 seconds remaining, set up an exciting finish.

As the Maple Leafs kicked off their first road trip through Western Canada since January 2006, they were greeted by a noisy contingent of jersey-wearing supporters. It took just 10 seconds for the "Go Leafs Go" chants to start, quickly drowned out by cheers of "Go Flames Go."

Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for Toronto, which will play Edmonton on Thursday night before wrapping up the trip in Vancouver.

Boyd tied it 1-1 at 11:20 of the first period. While retreating, Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn whiffed on a bouncing puck and Todd Bertuzzi stepped around him, gathered it in and send a pass into the slot that Boyd one-timed past Toskala from 20 feet out.

Iginla's 10th goal of the season put the Flames in front at 12:46 in the first. Toskala stopped Phaneuf's power-play slap shot from the blue line, but the rebound bounced to his side and Iginla was able to tap it into the empty net.

Phaneuf scored his third goal with just 32 seconds left in the second period to make it 3-1. Iginla sent a cross-ice pass to Phaneuf, whose one-timer caromed off defenseman Tomas Kaberle and past Toskala.

Both Iginla and Phaneuf were questionable for Tuesday's game. Phaneuf had a badly swollen eye, and Iginla had the flu that swept through the team during its weekend losses at Columbus and Chicago.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves for Calgary.

The Turning Point

The Flames, trailing 1-0 after the Leafs capitalized on a power play, struck for two quick goals to turn the tide and silence the many Leaf fans in attendance at the Pengrowth Saddledome in the first period. On the first goal Leaf rookie Luke Schenn bobbled the puck inside his own blueline. It was picked up by Todd Bertuzzi who fed a streaking Dustin Boyd who went off the post and in with a quick wrister. The Flames then went of the power play and Jarome Iginla rapped in a juicy Vesa Toskala rebound from ont he doorstep to give the boys in red a 2-1 lead. The goals came just 1:26 apart. The Flames were largely in control of the game after that although Dustin Boyd's second of the game, a rebound tap-in, would stand up as the game-winner as the Leafs had a surge late in the third period. "I was just going to the net and the puck was there to tap in," said Boyd, who registered his first two-goal game in the NHL. "It feels good. I have had goals in back-to-back games. The best part is that we won."

The Roster

The Flames sick bay is filling up. On Tuesday D Jim Vandermeer and F Mike Cammalleri were sidelined and unable to dress against the Maple Leafs. Vandermeer has a broken bone in his foot and could miss up to six weeks. Cammalleri was a game-time decision because of the flu. F Matthew Lombardi remains out with an upper body injury. Drawing into the line-up were D Adam Pardy (for just his third NHL game) and tough guy Andre Roy who dressed for his fourth game of the season.

Sarich gets assistance

Flames defenceman Cory Sarich was taken into the boards early in the third period by Alexei Ponikarovsky. The leaf forward was rubbing Sarich out but the defenceman seemed to ride into the glass awkwardly with his shoulder. He left the game and missed several shifts but returned with 9:48 to play in the game.

By the Numbers

Jarome Iginla's power play in the first period gives him six on the season, third most in the NHL. Teammate Todd Bertuzzi is one marker behind at five...Speaking of Bertuzzi, he doesn't mind playing the Leafs. He now has 12 goals, 14 assists and 25 points against Toronto in 22 games after collecting an assist in the first period...Dustin Boyd scored twice to record his first two-goal outing of the season. He now has six goals in 17 games after leading the team in points, with seven, in the pre-season...The Flames, as a team, won 66 per cent of the face-offs. Iginla was tops at 70 per cent...Toronto's Pavel Kubina had eight shots on net...Dion Phaneuf had five shots on goal for the Flames, as did rene Bourque.

Between the Pipes

This was a battle of countrymen -- Vesa Toskala and Miikka Kiprusoff both hail from Finland and once played together in San Jose. Both entered the game with similar numbers in the save percentage category (Kiprusoff .888; Toskala .884) and goals against average category (Kiprusoff 3.33; Toskala .3.08). Both made some big stops. Kiprusoff robbed Pavel Kubina on a one-timer in the first and Toskala recovered just in time to foil Flame Curtis Glencross on a rebound attempt from in close. In the second period Toskala managed to get a pad on a breakaway deke from Jarome Iginla. While Kiprusoff gets the win, he also had the weird goal of the night go by him. Craig Conroy drew the puck back on a draw late in the third period and it eluded everyone, including Kiprusoff to make it 4-3. "It was a fluke goal. You see that maybe once, twice a year," said Iginla. Both teams had 32 shots on net.

A new line

The Flames tied a new line combination using Jarome Iginla at center between Dustin Boyd and Curtis Glencross. It was a rather effective line with Iginla and Boyd scoring and Glencross hitting the forecheck hard.

"You know if you give him (Iginla) the puck he is likely going to score. That's a nice option to have on a line," said Boyd.

Glencross took the promotion in stride. "My job on that line doesn't change. My job is to get in there first and be hard on the forecheck. With Jarome on you line you want to get him the puck more. He's a superstar."

Notes: Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (flu) did not play, giving RW Andre Roy the chance to get back in the lineup after sitting out the past 12 games. ... Calgary RW Rene Bourque played in his 200th game. ... Toronto LW Jason Blake was a healthy scratch with LW Ryan Hollweg inserted in his spot.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Alexei Ponikarovsky (5) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (4), Tomas Kaberle (9)
1 - 0 TOR
Dustin Boyd (5) ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (7), Robyn Regehr (3)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Jarome Iginla (10) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (10), Daymond Langkow (8)
2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
Dion Phaneuf (3) ASST: Jarome Iginla (11), Mark Giordano (6)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
Dustin Boyd (6) ASST: Curtis Glencross (4), Mark Giordano (7)
4 - 1 CGY
Nik Antropov (6) ASST: Ian White (3), Matt Stajan (9)
4 - 2 CGY
Matt Stajan (4) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
Curtis Glencross  Interference against  Niklas Hagman
Adam Pardy  Hooking against  Nikolay Kulemin
Jamal Mayers  Interference against  Dustin Boyd
2nd Period
3rd Period
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Luke Schenn
Dion Phaneuf  Boarding against  Ryan Hollweg
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 32TOI: 58:52
Saves: 28EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0