Boyd, Iginla help Flames top Maple Leafs

Author:
Publish date:

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Dustin Boyd recorded his first

multi-goal game of his career by tallying twice on Tuesday as

the Calgary Flames posted a 4-3 triumph over the Toronto Maple

Leafs.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had a goal and two assists and captain

Jarome Iginla scored a goal and set up another for Calgary,

which improved to 2-4-0 in its last six games.

Blue-liner Mark Giordano notched two assists and Miikka

Kiprusoff finished with 29 saves for the Flames.

"The difference was we played a full 60 minutes," Phaneuf said.

"We knew we were playing a very good team that works extremely

hard - with good goaltending. It was a big effort from our team

and a big win for our hockey club."

"We just want to get better," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.

"We had a little bit of a dip. We had a lot more energy tonight

and a lot more sustained play, shift after shift, period after

period."

Matt Stajan recorded a goal and an assist and Alexei

Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov also tallied for the Maple Leafs.

Vesa Toskala turned aside 28 shots for Toronto, which fell to

1-3-1 in its last five.

"It's awfully tough when your defensemen are backing into you or

screening you, not blocking the shots or controlling the shots,"

Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "We were just slow in our zone

responding to loose pucks or always arriving second to it.

You're not going to win many games when you get beat to loose

pucks."

After Ponikarovsky opened the scoring 9:20 into the first

period, Boyd leveled the contests exactly two minutes later by

accepting a feed from Todd Bertuzzi and beating Toskala for his

fifth goal and second in as many games.

"I think it's just a matter of time. Confidence-wise, I think

it's a matter of getting minutes," Boyd said.

"He's playing great and skating well, and quick shots," Iginla

said of Boyd. "He's always been a producer at every level, and

you can just see his confidence coming and coming."

Iginla continued his torrid play against the Maple Leafs by

scoring just 86 seconds later after cleaning up a rebound to

give the Flames a 2-1 lead.

The 31-year-old Iginla then set up Phaneuf with 28 seconds

remaining in the second period to give Calgary a two-goal bulge.

The tally was Phaneuf's first since he had a goal and an assist

in a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on October 30.

For his part, Iginla has eight goals and eight assists in 17

career home games against the Maple Leafs.

Boyd gave the Flames a three-goal advantage with 8:47 remaining

in the third period, notching his fifth goal in his last eight

games. He had seven goals in 48 games last season.

"They outplayed us in the second period," Stajan said. "That

fourth goal kind of killed us, but Vesa gave us a chance to get

back in it. We've got to play a full 60 minutes in this league

to win hockey games and we didn't do that tonight. There's no

excuses. We've just got to play better."

Antropov countered with just over five minutes to play, and

Stajan scored off a direct shot off a faceoff that handcuffed

Kiprusoff with 54 seconds remaining.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_16295508
Play

Canadiens One Win Away From Stanley Cup Final Berth

Montreal's dream is closing in on becoming a reality after winning Game 5 against Vegas.

GMOTY-Winner_Media-22082715
Play

Islanders' Lamoriello Wins GM of the Year

Lou Lamoriello is the only NHL general manager to win the award in consecutive years.

cut

Rene Robert, Member of Famed 'French Connection Line', Passes Away

Longtime NHL winger René Robert died at the age of 72 on Tuesday.