NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Calgary
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Toronto 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Dustin Boyd scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla scored his 10th goal of the season and added an assist while Dion Phaneuf tallied a goal and an assist for the Flames, who halted a two-game skid. Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in the victory.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov scored for Toronto, which fell to 2-3-1 in November. The Maple Leafs will continue their three-game road trip across Canada with a visit to Edmonton on Thursday. Vesa Toskala allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss.
The visitors opened the scoring near the midpoint of the first period with a power-play goal. After Adam Pardy was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 8:33, the Maple Leafs worked the puck around the perimeter in their offensive zone and Tomas Kaberle held control at the left point. Kaberle passed to Mikhail Grabovski along the outer rim of the opposite circle, and Grabovski fed a quick pass down to the bottom of the same circle for a successful one- timer by Ponikarovsky from a sharp angle.
Not long after Ponikarovsky's tally, Calgary scored twice within a 1:26 span for a 2-1 advantage.
First, at the 11:20 mark, Boyd tallied for the fifth time this season. Leafs blueliner Luke Schenn misplayed the puck and Todd Bertuzzi gained control before he passed across the low slot for an easy one-timer by Boyd.
"He had a couple of big goals for us tonight," said Iginla of Boyd. "He's playing with a lot of confidence. He's on the ice in important situations and he's been good all season. His confidence is growing and growing."
On the ensuing shift, Toronto's Jamal Mayers was whistled for interference and the Flames skated 5-on-4. From the centerpoint, Phaneuf's wrister hit the blocker of a partially screened Toskala and it sat momentarily on the goal line before Iginla poked it over the line from atop the crease at 12:46.
The lone goal of the middle session also involved Phaneuf and a screen that blinded Toskala. Iginla passed from the left side to Phaneuf, who had drifted from his post at the point down to the right circle. Phaneuf's one-timer sailed through traffic and into the back of the cage as Toskala was inadvertently screened by Kaberle.
Boyd's second marker of the game -- a rebound wrister from beneath the right circle -- with 8:47 remaining in regulation capped the Calgary scoring before Antropov's tally at 14:53 brought the Leafs within 4-2.
Inside the final minute, a fluke goal that was credited to Matt Stajan made it interesting while the Leafs skated with the extra attacker. Calgary's Craig Conroy took a defensive faceoff inside the right circle. Conroy won the battle clean and drew the puck backwards with such force that it caromed past a completely unprepared Kiprusoff and into the net with 54 seconds remaining.
But the Flames made two final clears and held on for the victory.
"(It's) too bad we couldn't get another one," said Stajan. "They outplayed us in the second period, but we still battled back and gave ourselves a chance with a minute left. But we have to play a full 60 minutes."
The Maple Leafs fell to 3-4-1 overall on the road in 2008-09 and have now dropped four straight in Calgary, where it last won on December 27, 2002...The Leafs were 1-for-4 on the power play while the Flames converted their lone chance with the extra skater...Mark Giordano had two assists for Calgary...Phaneuf scored his third goal of the season.
11/12 00:43:07 ET